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Monthly News Round Up: May

Aquatiere have filtered through the news to bring you May’s news round up of the latest headlines and developments in water filtration, treatment, and conservation.

Health

The term ‘Forever chemicals’ or PFAS seem to be everywhere at the moment. Not only are they littering the headlines, they are polluting our bodies too. There are more than 9,000 PFAS chemicals, which have many common uses in everyday life, from non-stick coatings, fabric protectors, to cosmetics. Worse still, these chemicals can stick around in the environment for decades.

Not only do they hang around, forever chemicals disrupt normal biological processes and have been linked to increased risk of diseases. As these substances take a long time to break down, they can accumulate in the human body. PFAS can lead to developmental disorders, cardiovascular disease, metabolic disease, and cancers.

More studies are exploring the effects these PFAS have on health and the environment. The good news is that governments are starting to listen to the evidence. Legislation is being drawn up by the EU and the US to restrict the use of forever chemicals. Even better news, scientists have also found a way to absorb, filter out and eradicate PFAS from drinking water.

Climate Change

The effects of climate change are becoming harder to ignore, even by the most devout climate deniers. Climate change and the water crisis go hand in hand, with more floods and rising sea levels threatening our environment. Not only do floods cause damage to buildings, crops and threaten lives, they also allow sewage to contaminate drinking water.

Equally worrying, climate change also brings about the issue of water scarcity. Morocco’s Ministry of Equipment and Water has declared that the country is in a “state of water emergency”. To remedy this, it is planning to triple its desalination capacity by 2030. There is also a nationwide drive to increase awareness around water wastage and ensure that everyone has access to water.

Sewage and Pollution

Flies have plagued residents living near the Wessex Water treatment plant in Frome for several years. Measures have been taken over this period to reduce the amount of flies in the area. Wessex Water have been using larvicide and nets, however there is still a significant fly problem. Flies are coming from the filter beds at the water treatment plant and swarming around the local neighbourhood. These filter beds create a comfortable albeit disgusting environment where four types of fly eggs can safely hatch and develop into larvae.

Fortunately, these flies are just a nuisance and not a health risk. Mosquitos do not typically lay their eggs in filter beds, so there is not an increased risk of mosquito related health issues. Larvicide is also not a direct risk to human health when used correctly.

It seems that the issue of water pollution is being taken more and more seriously. Not only is it on the agenda for local elections, but also offences will be harshly punished. South West Water can attest to that! The water provider for Devon and Cornwall has recently received a £2 million fine as a result of 13 environmental offences, including illegal water discharge and inadequate sewage management protocol. For example, raw sewage was pumped into the River Fowey, in July 2016, for over 12 hours before the incident was responded to.

Although UK tap water is the safest around, these slip ups can happen. To guarantee peace of mind, a water filter system is the answer! Aquatiere offer water filter systems for your whole house, to ensure that the water flowing into your home is the purest it can be. Want to find out more about how our filter solutions can calm your water worries? Chat to one of our experts for more information.

That’s all for this month’s round-up. Check back in June, for all things water conservation and innovation related…