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These Sinks May Up Your Risk of Legionnaires’ Disease

Legionnaires’ disease is a deadly respiratory condition that can hit without warning. It’s known that the bacteria that cause it favors rusted iron pipes. But new research shows that stainless steel fixtures may degrade and encourage a different strain of Legionella to grow there, too, New Scientist reports. Because it’s not the same strain as the one that makes humans sick, health officials say it’s too early to tell if it’s time to find new materials for your sink, but it’s worth further study.

There was a time when it was OK to just assume you could turn on the tap and get a drink of good, clean water. But these days, no matter where you live, most tap water is far from pure — even in the U.S., where the water coming into your home may contain a vast array of disinfection byproducts, fluoride, radiation, heavy metals including lead, agricultural runoff, pharmaceutical drugs and perfluorooctanoic acid (PFOA), a chemical used in the production of Teflon and flame retardants.

Unfortunately, contamination of water supplies around the globe has increased the cost of water treatment by 50 percent in some areas, making it increasingly difficult to provide safe drinking water for all residents. Two major culprits contributing to the contamination and subsequent price hikes are farms operating in areas that supply water to surrounding cities, and large numbers of people living on and around underground watersheds.

Since half the world is now drinking contaminated water, we really must address the issue of this pollution on a much larger scale with stronger regulations. In the meantime, filtering your water is no longer an option. One of the best filtration systems I’ve found so far, and the one I personally use, 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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