Should You Filter Your Water?

The short answer is yes. Using a water filter has some fantastic benefits for your health. While the Environmental Protection Agency regulates municipal tap water and sets legal limits on certain contaminants, and most water utilities generally stay within these limits, “some of the legal limits may be too lenient,” said Paul Pestano, a research analyst with the Environmental Working Group. And more than half of the chemicals found in municipal water are not regulated.

Municipal water that you find in the United States must be regulated by the EPA first, (Environmental Protection Agency). However, only a small portion of this is actually used for human consumption. When it comes to testing the low viscosity liquids in these fluids, a turbine flow meter is often used to measure its velocity. And this could have an effect on the amount of water that you use. There are plenty of other things that you can do to reduce any unwanted chemicals in your water.

Using the right water filter can help further reduce pollutants like lead from old water pipes, pesticide runoff in rural areas and byproducts of chemicals like chlorine that are used to treat drinking water. If you want to learn more about the benefits of using a water filter, you can learn more over at Water Filter Way. Radon, arsenic and nitrates are common pollutants in drinking water, and trace amounts of drugs including antibiotics and hormones have also been found. Certain filters may help remove these impurities as well.

But water contaminants and water quality vary from one local water utility to another, so you want to purchase a filter that is effective at capturing the right contaminants.

You can request a copy of your water utility’s annual water quality report – called a right-to-know or consumer confidence report — to find out which contaminants in your local water are of concern. Some utilities will also run a free lead test on your tap water.

You can then choose a filter that is certified by NSF International, an independent public health organization that assesses products.

Note that it is not enough to buy or install a filter; you need to replace or maintain filters according to the manufacturer’s recommendations.

Filtering tap water may be even more important if you are pregnant, older, have young children or suffer from a chronic illness or compromised immune system.

Bottled filtered water is also available, but most environmental groups discourage use of bottled water because of the waste generated; in addition, bottled water is not regulated as stringently as municipal tap water, and contaminants can leach from damaged or overheated plastic into the water.

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  1. eccentricyoruba

    I love Idemili so I naturally find your drawing awesome. I’ve got some random musings though, I always regarded Idemili as a mother goddess so it’s interesting that you say she is also the goddess of sexuality. Mind you, my exposure to Idemili comes from reading Flora Nwapa’s books. Also I didn’t know Idemili or Igbo religion in general was worshipped/practiced in Brazil. The only diasporic religion I’ve linked to Igbo is Obeah.

    The Brazilian drawings I’ve seen are of Yemanja/Yemoja who is from Yoruba religion. I would say Yemoja and Idemili were one and the same but since you’ve mentioned Idemili is the goddess of sexuality it means she has more in common with Osun rather than Yemoja (who is a mother goddess).

    And I sort of don’t blame Brazilians for portraying Yemanja as an almost European woman. It’s not that it makes me happy but since I was young Mami Wata has been described as light-skinned. I guess they are only keeping to the tradition by portraying her as an almost European woman.

  2. El Divine

    this is interesting because you’ve made so many things about our culture come alive through your art.
    explain the shoulder mask thingy, and generally, keep up the good work. u’ve inspired me to start doing research on ibo culture, especially that of my hometown abiriba.

  3. Gin

    @eccentricyoruba You’re right, the Brazilian water maiden is Yemoja and is of Yoruba origin. Many of the images of Yemoja (as well as other Yoruba and Kongo deities) are ‘white’ because the slaves obviously weren’t allowed to practice African religions so they hid their religions by hiding their deities in Roman catholic saints. Many images of Yemoja now are ‘coal black’ as you would see from just googling her name. On the other hand Brazil is a multiracial society and many of the people who venerate Yemoja actually look like some of the ‘white’ images of her.

    Igbo people don’t have as much cultural consistency as do the Yoruba, and when it come to deities (Arushi) many do not really matter outside certain communities except Chukwu. That is one of the reasons the Igbo could not transport any of their deities because you’d have one enslaved Igbo worshipping Ajala, and another worshipping Imo miri, another reason is because they weren’t taken (in large numbers) to societies like Brazil where Africans had a bit more space to practice their religions. Idemili or Owumili, or Imo miri, etc. could be River Maide/Mama in Jamaica.

  4. Princessandthepea

    Love love love this Sugabelly. There so needs to be modern retellings of Igbo mythos.
    If it’s good enough for the myths of ancient Greece and Rome it’s good enough for the Igbo.
    Maybe it could be in anime form.
    And I think you are just the woman for the job.

  5. Temite

    Your talent is amazing. gosh, I am eternally jealous. sigh. Keep it up lovey. seems like you are doing much better now. I am so glad for you. The blog looks fantastic. Love it. very professional looking.

    Oh I love Idemili. She reminds me of Osun and Yemoja combined. although Osun was not a mermaid, but the was the goddess of childbirth, and the wisdom of the river. She is the healer that heals with water and also the Goddess that women pray to to get children. So in a way they are similar. 🙂

    Oh i just had an idea. I must email you.


    As usual, lovely work!

    Thanks for the explanation on the shoulder masks. I almost bought one this year but it was out of my price range. And, I didn’t have enough cultural context to justify splurging.

    How are you?

  7. Gin

    Idemili is not an Owumiri, they are separate things. Idemili is the pillar that holds up the rain clouds and the sky, not the seas or the ocean. The Owumiri is a goddess with many followers (mermaids) that are also called Owumiri (e.g Ofo-Owumiri). The Owumiri is what can be described as one of the goddesses that contributed (heavily) to the mami-water myths.

    It should also be noted that Idemili and Owumiri are from two completely separate geographical areas and two almost completely separate Igbo cultures, hence OwuMIRI and IdeMILI. The Idemili originates in a specific region around Ifite and Nnobi, whereas Owumiri is mostly a southern Igbo (Kalabari, etc) thing. Other river spirits are the Imo-Miri, primarily of the Ngwa. Many Igbo cultures have their own river spirits.

  8. Ms Afropolitan

    Your drawing is stunning.

    From what I’ve understood about Idemili, her significance also granted women in precolonial igbo society access to power they otherwise might not have. Of course with the arrival of missionaries goddess worship was punishable and women lost a lot of their authority.

    She does truly remind me of yemoja as others have said, and there must be a connection between many of our Yoruba and Igbo deities.

    Big up.

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