What is Really in Our Water?

Madison Schneider, Staff Writer

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The water that we drink may not be as safe as we have been taught to think. In order to make our water clean, many chemicals need to be added and most of these are poisonous in large quantities. One of these chemicals is fluoride -the substance that cleans your teeth in your toothpaste. One of the most common worries of ingesting fluoride is tooth decay and even bone degeneration. Thousands of people in China and Africa are suffering and dying right now from bone degeneration caused by fluoride.

This issue is only starting to be recognized in the United States. A few years ago, the FDA finally started requiring toothpastes with fluoride in them to have a poison warning sticker on them.

So toothpaste has a warning, but let’s not forget about water. Human bodies are 70% water. For every liter of water a person drinks, there is one milligram of fluoride. The average person drinks 2 liters of water per day. 2 milligrams of fluoride a day may not seem like much, but it adds up.

Chlorine is also “necessary” to” clean” our water. But, when inhaled, it is highly likely to be fatal.

These are only two of many chemicals found in the water that we shower in, brush our teeth with, and even drink. Why is it okay for chemicals to be added to a necessity for life? They might not damage us after one glass of water, but the long-term effects are terrible. It is simply inhumane for these substances to be added to our water.

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5 Responses to “What is Really in Our Water?”

  1. Phoebe Reiter on November 3rd, 2017 1:18 pm

    This is rather alarming- yet is there an alternative way to clean water, while maintaining efficiency? Interesting points brought up, I wonder if any advancements will be made any time soon.

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  2. Thomas Cass on November 6th, 2017 4:11 pm

    This is a very scary subject but you managed to get rid of the scary part.

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  3. Fatimah Dibas on November 7th, 2017 10:51 am

    Wow that’s actually pretty scary. I never knew that.

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  4. Erin Chun on November 7th, 2017 1:20 pm

    I do agree with the idea that a necessity of life that humans depend on for survival contains ingredients that most are unaware about. This is alarming and I hope many more become more educated on this topic so steps can be made to produce more natural water. However, the chemicals in water that seem concerning are only hazardous if they are consumed in large quantities. The amount of these chemicals that are present in drinking water in the majority of America are so minuscule that I believe them to not a cause of worry for the short term. This is a great article and I hope this brings awareness towards what substances are put in our body everyday.

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  5. Laly Arias on November 7th, 2017 1:21 pm

    This is something interesting that i had no idea about due to the fact that i drink water daily.

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