Category: Health

Des Moines Water Works’ Lawsuit May Be Slow to Change Agriculture

If you’ve been following the Water Blog, you know that consistently high nitrate levels found in both the Des Moines and Raccoon Rivers has forced Des Moines Water Works to consider litigation against three Iowa counties. Unregulated agricultural runoff from Calhoun, Sac, and Buena Vista counties in Northwest Iowa have, according to Water Works CEO… Read more »

The Truth About Berkey Filters: Why They’re Not Right for Iowa

You may have heard of the Big Berkey, one of the water filtration products offered by Berkey Filters. While Berkey touts removing over 95% of heavy metals and 99.9% of pathogenic bacteria, their filtration process is not as thorough as you may think. If you or someone you know currently uses a Berkey filter, consider… Read more »

What are the risks of lead in drinking water?

The dangerously high levels of lead found in drinking water has brought the city of Flint, Mich. international attention in the recent weeks. A number of children tested positive for lead poisoning, and the number continues to rise. The problem began when city officials changed its water supply source. The new water caused lead to… Read more »

Why drinking pop can be detrimental to womens’ health

According to a recent poll, nearly half of Americans — 48 percent — say they drink at least one glass of pop per day. While 52 percent report they usually don’t drink any soda, the average daily amount of soda consumed is 2.6 glasses for those who do. It is well known fact that drinking… Read more »