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Salt From Icy Roads Is Contaminating North America’s Lakes

Anyone who lives in the northern half of the U.S. — or in mountainous regions where snow is normal at high elevations — knows that salt is the go-to solution for icy roads. But, according to The Washington Post, keeping roads ice-free comes at a price: North America’s freshwater lakes are becoming more saline, with saltwater plants actually growing in some of the streams that flow into these lakes. Unfortunately, the average water treatment system doesn’t clear elements like chloride from the water.

There’s no doubt that global water pollution — including road salt — has reached frightening highs. Pollution levels in rivers and lakes now put more than 320 million people in Asia, Africa and Latin America at risk for cholera and typhoid. In the U.S., 12 to 18 million cases of waterborne diseases occur annually.

Not only are we facing rapid depletion of groundwater aquifers, but much of the world's water supplies are also becoming too contaminated to safely drink or use for cooking or bathing. In the U.S. alone, 16.5 million Americans have detectable levels of PFAS in their water; 16 million have perchlorate in their water and lead contamination is on the rise.

And it’s true: Public water filtration systems simply can’t get all the contaminants out. That’s why getting your water tested and having a water filtration system in your own home is a must. One of the best filtration systems I've found so far is the Pure & Clear Whole House Water Filtration System, which uses a three-stage filtration process — a micron sediment pre-filter, a KDF water filter and a high-grade carbon water filter.
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