Water is one of our most precious resources. We use it in almost all of our household tasks, including taking a bath, washing dishes, and doing laundry. More importantly, however, we need it for cooking and drinking.
While you may think, by looking at the water that comes out of your faucet, that it is clean and safe, chemicals such as pesticides, heavy metals, and industrial pollutants may be present in the water your family drinks. US Environmental Protection Agency data shows that a number of the nation’s water treatment systems have violated the Safe Drinking Water Act—these include violations for levels of lead, other heavy metals, organic chemicals, agricultural and industrial contaminants. These harmful contaminants can enter our water supplies and have the potential to create long-term health challenges.
In fact, up to 20% of human lead exposure comes from drinking water.
There are several well-established adverse health effects of lead exposure, even at low levels. Young children, pregnant women, and their developing fetuses are especially vulnerable to these risks.
Among the known health effects for children are:
– slowed growth
– behavior and learning problems
– hearing problems
– lower IQ
Lead can also accumulate in human bones over time. During pregnancy, lead is released from the mother’s bones, along with calcium, and used in fetal bone formation.
A fetus can experience lead exposure from across the placental barrier. These exposure pathways can result in premature birth, gestational hypertension, reduced fetal growth, and fetal death.
In adults, chronic low-level lead exposure has been linked to cognitive decline, hypertension, and adverse reproductive outcomes, among other health effects.
The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) has also determined that lead and lead compounds are reasonably anticipated to be human carcinogens, and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has determined that lead is a probable human carcinogen.
The International Agency for Research on Cancer also has determined that inorganic lead is likely carcinogenic in humans.
✔ An Environmental Working Group (EWG) study found a total of 316 contaminants, including 97 agricultural and 204 industrial contaminants, in the tap water of 45 states. More than half of the contaminants detected have no drinking-water safety standards.*
✔ Unlike public water utilities, the bottled water industry is not required to publicly disclose the results of any contaminant testing it conducts.
✔ Bottled water may not be contaminant free. The EWG found a total of 38 contaminants in the water of 10 popular brands.**
✔ According to the U.S. Conference of Mayors’ resolution, it takes 1.5 million barrels of oil every year to facilitate the production of water bottles made for use in the U.S. That’s enough oil to power 50,000 cars for a year.
The good news is that cleaner, healthier water is just a pitcher away!
Introducing Shaklee Get Clean Water
Get Clean Water is a revolutionary new water filtration pitcher system certified by the Water Quality Association (WQA) to reduce up to 99% of lead, as well as dozens of other potentially harmful water contaminants that may be detrimental to your health.
Unlike other systems, Get Clean Water uses a solid block of carbon to clean your water. It is also the first of its kind to come with an automatic meter that shows gallons filtered (1 U.S. gallon = 3.79 L), so you know exactly when to replace your filter.
Some of the features of Get Clean Water® include:
- Made of food-safe, BPA-free plastic
- 10-cup capacity
- Filters more than 5,000 glasses of water (237 mL/8 oz. each) at just over a penny a glass
- Saves more than 2,400 plastic bottles from being thrown into the landfill
- Refillable carbon-block filter that minimizes waste
- Each Get Clean Water filter handles 302.83 L (80 U.S. gallons) of water—twice as much as its competitors—and is made from sustainable coconut shell carbon using a zero-emission process.
By using the Get Clean Water Starter Pack, which includes the pitcher and 3 packs of filter, you and your family can enjoy healthy, great-tasting water for a year (based on an annual usage of 320 gallons). This is about the same amount of water as you would get from 2,400 16.9 fl. oz plastic bottles of water.
That means you not only get to drink cleaner water, but you also help protect our environment by reducing the amount of plastic you use.
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**EWG bottled water quality investigation (2008)
†Annual usage defined as 320 gallons.
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