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Dirty Water Debate | Pelican Water

Over the past several months, residents of Flint, Michigan have endured disturbing water quality issues that have left them frustrated and angry. It all started shortly after the city – in an attempt to save money – stopped purchasing treated Lake Huron water from Detroit in favor of locally-treated water drawn from the Flint River. […]

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Fresh produce in American grocery stores contains residual amounts of pesticides, which may include insecticides, fungicides, herbicides, and agricultural chemicals. Even organic food can harbor fertilizer residue, and both organic and nonorganic produce can be contaminated with microorganisms from soil or animal manure. The FDA, the EPA, and the US Department of Agriculture share responsibility […]

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Cryptosporidium is the most common waterborne disease in the United States. A parasitic microorganism, “Crypto,” as it’s often called, is transmitted through both animal and human fecal waste, and is often present in open water supplies, such as rivers, streams, lakes, and reservoirs. Crypto is a tough little organism. Its hard outer shell lets the […]

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Next time you take a sip of unfiltered tap water, ask yourself whose medication you’re ingesting. With almost 70% of Americans on at least one type of prescription medication, water supplies increasingly test for trace amounts of pharmaceuticals, from over-the-counter painkillers to opiates and high blood pressure medications. Pharmaceuticals enter our water from several sources, […]

pipe problems

Pipe Nightmares When most people experience water flow problems, they chalk it up to clogging related to hair or other particles. In reality, however, many water flow difficulties stem from hard water, which promotes mineral buildup that can congest piping. Because hard water contains a large amount of dissolved minerals, it can cause lime scale […]