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Sewage in Your Water?


Flooding Forces Massive Sewage Discharges


City waste water treatment systems are overwhelmed by flooding.

With the Missouri River at flood stage, and officials saying the worst is yet to come, Midwestern cities are bypassing their sewage plants and dumping raw sewage into the Missouri River. One city, Omaha Nebraska is dumping more than 6 million gallons of raw sewage per day into the Missouri River. Other cities are following suit all along the Missouri and Mississippi rivers as sewage treatment plants become overwhelmed by flood waters.

The rising water that is overwhelming Midwestern cities treatment plants is coming from the tremendous amount of snow fall and heavy rains that have occurred in the Missouri river watershed. Reports on the snow pack say it covered an area 1/6 the size of the USA. The Missouri flows into the Mississippi River which is already flooding out states to the south, so there’s a lot more to come. Some experts are now saying that the flooding will continue throughout much of the summer.

Widespread Drinking Water Contamination Likely

Raw sewage releases will cause a spike in bacterial, viral and cyst levels in drinking water supplies. People drinking or bathing in the affected water are likely to suffer from stomach illnesses and worse as they succumb to the infectious agents found in water that has been contaminated by sewage.

Waste water isn’t the only problem that the Midwestern states are facing. Massive amounts of waste and chemicals from farms have been also washed away, and are now contaminating both rivers. The two rivers provide drinking water for millions of residents throughout the Midwest.

Many cities have already issued boil alerts to their residents in an effort to make their water safe. Boiling water is an effective first line of defense in an emergency, but it is a limited defense. Boiling only kills bacteria; it does not remove water-borne toxins. Because the problem of infected water is expected to continue for several months, longer term solutions are needed.

Effective Home Treatment for Contaminated Water

Home treatment options for sewage and toxin contaminated water include:
•    UV Light Disinfection
•    Reverse Osmosis Systems
•    Whole Home Filtration Systems

UV Light Disinfection – Critically Important!

UV Light disinfection is the only effective non-chemical means of treating drinking water for bacterial, viral and cyst contamination. The ongoing release of millions of gallons of raw sewage into public drinking water supplies makes UV Light a crucial line of defense against the biological contamination that is currently happening in Midwestern water supplies.

Chemical disinfection has serious shortcomings; it works only if you continue to add chemicals to your water, and it is not entirely effective against cysts. Chlorine, the most commonly used chemical disinfectant also leaves dangerous secondary chemicals in water (such as trihalomethanes) as it disinfects.

Reverse Osmosis Systems

While UV light is used to treat biological contamination, it does not remove toxic chemicals from water. Reverse Osmosis (RO) is a process that will remove over 99% of contaminants from drinking water, combined with UV light; the water produced will be safe to drink. Most RO systems are for at-the-tap treatment so this system should be considered for use in treating a home’s drinking water.


Whole Home Filtration

Whole home filtration systems are a vital first-line-of-defense against polluted water because they stop contaminated water before it enters the home water supply. Should contaminated water enter the home plumbing system, the home plumbing will need to be decontaminated before it is safe to use for drinking water.


Combined Treatment the Ultimate Defense

The three systems described above can be combined to provide the best defense against water contamination. LIFE Ionizers sells the Dolphin Whole Home system, and Reverse Osmosis systems with UV light treatment as an option.

Using more than one treatment system provides a valuable fallback fail-safe option should one line of defense become compromised. As a matter of fact, the Department of Defense and the Department of Homeland Security recommend combining these water treatment systems (referred to as “treatment trains”) as an effective home water treatment system in the event of terrorist attack!

With sewage spills and contamination expected to get worse, home treatment is the only option for Mid-westerners to have access to safe water supplies. UV light treatment may be the only effective long-term defense against the bacteria, viruses and cysts that are even now infecting public drinking water supplies.


The contaminants or other substances removed or reduced by this water treatment device are not necessarily in your water.

Please contact our customer support center for help with your water ionizer questions.

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