Deep Rock Water Company Advises Consumers to Take Steps to Reduce ‘Emerging Contaminants’

September 14, 2010

DENVER, Sept. 14 /PRNewswire/ — Consumers seeking a safer alternative to tap water following recent media reports about pollution by antidepressants, antibiotics, birth control pills, cosmetics and other substances should consider home and office filtration systems and bottled water delivery from any number of leading suppliers.

“People are wondering what they need to do to make sure their water is safe. Basically, you either have a filter, or you are the filter,” says Tom Schwein, President and CEO of Deep Rock Water Company, which has been supplying Colorado with clean, pure artesian water for more than a century.

The Denver Post reported last week that federal authorities are ramping up efforts to control increasing pollution from “emerging contaminants” like those just mentioned. The newspaper quoted experts as saying they may harm people.

Pharmaceuticals, pesticides and fertilizers are some of the culprits also creeping into our water supply, according to a 2010 report from President’s Cancer Panel. The report recommended using home water filters to reduce your exposure to cancer-causing agents.

You can also learn about water contaminants from the Water Quality Association. Visit www.wqa.org for a feature called “Diagnose Your Water” that helps you identify possible contaminants based on how your water looks, smells and tastes.

Schwein said employees should also ask your employer if the water at work is filtered. If not, you might ask management to consider having filters installed or having bottled water delivered for employees.

Don’t forget about your children and water fountains. Ask administrators at your children’s school if they have commercial-grade filtration systems.

A good alternative to filtration is a water cooler with 5-gallon bottles that are delivered and maintained by commercial suppliers. It’s a convenient solution for homes, offices or schools.

Whether or not you buy a filter, it’s always a good idea to keep an ample supply of commercially-produced clean, bottled drinking water at home in case of a water advisory or an emergency.

If you want to learn more about what you’re drinking, you can start by looking at a local water quality report. It’s often available online with your city’s water department.

“All water is not created equal,” says Schwein. “You should know what you and your family are drinking.”

You might also buy a water quality testing kit to keep in your home or workplace to periodically monitor your water. Many kits are available online or at local retailers.

SOURCE Deep Rock Water Company

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