Friday, November 28, 2008

NO TESTING for Pharmaceuticals in Fresno, CA?!?

Before I begin my lesson on pharmaceuticals being eliminated through human waste, and how traces of it end back up in our tap water, please read this article:

Fresno doesn't test, but sure water is drug-free

The Fresno Bee03/10/08 23:15:50

Fresno does not test its water for pharmaceuticals -- and has no intention of starting until the state establishes a set of standards. If that happens, "we're willing to test," said Lon Martin, assistant director for the city's public utilities department.

When that day comes -- and Martin believes it will -- he is confident Fresno's water will contain none of the pharmaceuticals found in the drinking water of other major metropolitan areas such as Philadelphia and Detroit."Luckily for the city of Fresno, I don't think there's going to be a big impact," Martin said.Officials believe drinking water supplies are clean because of the region's geography and the distance between wells and the waste-water treatment plant.Martin said both Fresno and Clovis are on the east side of the Valley, closer to the Sierra Nevada, and the mountain range's annual snowmelt naturally recharges groundwater, essentially flushing out older water into lower parts of the San Joaquin Valley. Fresno -- and its wells -- are also at a higher elevation and far from the city's wastewater treatment plant, which is southwest of the city.The drinking water in other metropolitan areas where testing found pharmaceuticals often is drawn from the same source where treated water is discharged, places such as reservoirs or rivers.In Fresno, treated water is discharged into the ground, but most is pumped out and used on nonfood crops and for city landscaping. The plant's elevation is well below areas where potable-water pumps are located.Still, in 2003 and 2004, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency required the city to test a 25-square-mile area around the wastewater treatment plant, Martin said. Though the test was not specifically for pharmaceuticals, none were found in the test, he said.Asked whether there was a chance pharmaceuticals could be found in Fresno's drinking water, Martin said: "The same possibility as being struck by lightning in the next 30 seconds."

Lesson: Understanding How Pharmaceuticals Get Into Our Tap Water. (Pay attention, Lon Martin.)

People take pills/medications; hospitals, homes, everywhere. Prescription and non-prescription. Some people abuse drugs. Pills, drugs, chemicals - they are everywhere! Once ingested into the system, only a portion of these drugs/chemicals are absorbed by our bodies. The rest passes through in human waste, which is flushed down the toilet. And lets not forget about all the people who dispose of unused and/or expired medications by flushing them down the toilet.

The water is sent to wastewater treatment plants, before returning to us in our tap water. Unfortunately, most treatments do not / cannot remove all drug residue. See the cycle in animation by clicking on this link: CLICK HERE!

Boasting about location being a benefit to filtering our water might have been true at one time. Not now. The secret altering of the city's water system entails ongoing discharging of toxic, disease-carrying raw sewage followed by unknown chemicals for the eradication of sewer roaches, sewer rats, and mosquito infestations, all of which is seeping into the groundwater. The group behind this is not licensed or authorized - no safety precautions being used.

Human waste+ pesticides = nitrates. Sewage back spills increase the levels of nitrates in tap water. The level of nitrates in Fresno's tap water has become so high that pregnant women and people with compromised immune systems are advised not to drink it! Boiling it increases the hazard!
Nitrates in Fresno's Tap Water

Lon Martin goes on to say that the chances of Fresno having pharmaceuticals in our water is, "The same possibility as being struck by lightning in the next 30 seconds." And I say, PROVE IT! Pharmaceuticals are found in tap water across the nation - how ridiculous to even imply that Fresno's water would not contain such things. Take a look at the neighboring cities.

It appears that there is a serious problem taking place in Fresno / Clovis, CA that entails unknown chemicals/drugs being administered without people's (including children) knowledge or consent. To verify this would require having our water and/or sewage tested for pharmaceuticals. Now re-read the above article and see what comfort Mr. Martin's words bring.

Residents need to stand up and demand their rights - the water needs to be tested by an OUTSIDE, reputable company.

Thursday, November 20, 2008

Nitrates in Fresno's Tap Water

Nitrates = Human waste + pesticides

FRESNO, CA's SEWER AND WATER INFRASTRUCTURES HAVE BEEN TAKEN OVER BY A GROUP NOT LICENSED OR AUTHORIZED. They are secretly replacing the city's water system in preparation for, according to the ringleader, upcoming water diversion. The operation has been taking place over the past 45+/- yrs. No permits, inspections or safety precautions.
Click: Marla

Prior to this, Fresno had clear, clean, delicious water. At this point, the tap water is so bad that pregnant women and people with compromised immune systems are advised not to drink it. (Boiling it increases the hazard.) Below is some information from various web sites pertaining to nitrates in Fresno's tap water (and more.)

- Cardiovascular or blood toxicity
- Kidney toxicity
- Reproductive toxicity

Dept. of Public Works
July 20, 2006
Pg. 16
Nitrates found in sewage and wastes from human and/or farm animals were found in Fresno's drinking water.
DO NOT BOIL!! It will increase the nitrate and the hazard. Commercially bottled water is recommended for feeding of infants and for consumption by pregnant women as a precautionary measure.
Pg. 17
Dibromochloropropane (DBCP), once a popular pesticide, known to cause cancer over long periods of time, found in Fresno's drinking water.
Recommendations: Use bottled water for drinking and cooking purposes until an uncontaminated water supply is provided.

Wednesday, November 19, 2008

Lead in Fresno's Tap Water

I began reading up on the dangers of corroded sewer and water lines, after what the City of Fresno did to my family's properties. This took place at the same time of the citywide "upgrade." After being lied to and set up for annihilation by the risk analyst, followed by repeated exposure of in toxic, infectious, disease-carrying raw sewage, they had their heavy equipment operators replace sewer and water lines in the alley. That entailed destruction and reconstruction of the connecting properties. Then they altered their plat/parcel maps and aerial views to cover up the alterations and changes to property lines. The sewer layout below verifies exactly what they did.

This shows the sewer vent that went from 2' to 10' from the fence / property line. Connected to the city water meter in the alley that is now located 8' south of where the old one was.

At first, I did not understand what was causing the slime, sediment and foul odor coming from my tap water. The photographs below show my sewer and water lines were switched with corroded trash - done behind my back, without my knowledge or consent. This is taking place from one end of Fresno to the other, leaving property owners liable to maintain this mess.

When I first began my research, I did not even know about all the chemicals that are in our tap water - including lead. Then I learned that the Fresno County Health Dept. has a special program to educate people regarding lead poisoning, etc. Yet they refused to even acknowledge me when I notified them of my concerns regarding what had taken place, including the health issues that followed exposure to raw sewage back spills, pesticides used to eradicate sewer roaches and sewer rats, mosquito infestations, etc. There was illness, respiratory, infections, amputation, death. In fact, I could not even get a response. By now I realize that there is no help. One of the biggest and most corrupt operations in history is taking place in Fresno, CA - secret altering of our water system, in preparation for upcoming water diversion. The group behind this is not authorized or licensed, yet it appears that Public Works has turned our water and sewer infrastructures over to them.

Below is some information I collected from various web sites regarding the dangers of lead. It is important to understand the dangers of lead in our tap water.

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Lead Absorption

While adults absorb about 11 percent of lead reaching the digestive tract, children may absorb 30 to 75 percent. The body stores lead mainly in bone, where it can accumulate for decades.

The Risks of Lead

Lead disrupts the functioning of almost every brain neurotransmitter. Neurotransmitters are chemical messengers between the body's nerve cells. The messenger calcium, for example, is essential to nerve impulse transmission, heart activity, and blood clotting, but if it doesn't work right, affected systems may also be askew. "Lead fits into binding sites that calcium should, so it can disturb cellular processes that depend on calcium. But there's no unifying theory that explains in detail what lead does to the central nervous system, which is where lead typically affects children."

While a child's chronic exposure to relatively low lead levels may result in learning or behavioral problems, higher levels can be associated with anemia and changes in kidney function, as well as significant changes in the nervous system that may, at extreme exposures, include seizures, coma and death."

"When lead exposure in the uterus is quite high, the impact can be devastating on the fetus, causing serious neurological problems." High lead exposures can cause a baby to have low birth weight or be born prematurely, or can result in miscarriage or stillbirth. "When lead exposure in the uterus is quite high, the impact can be devastating on the fetus, causing serious neurological problems."
In adults, lead poisoning can contribute to high blood pressure and damage to the reproductive organs. Severe lead poisoning can cause subtle loss of recently acquired skills, listlessness, bizarre behavior, incoordination, vomiting, altered consciousness, and--as with children--seizures, coma and death. Poisoning without severe brain effects can cause lethargy, appetite loss, sporadic vomiting, abdominal pain, and constipation.

By the time symptoms appear, damage is often already irreversible.

Keeping Drinking Water Safe

Certain drinking water systems can also pose a lead risk. The main culprits are corroded lead plumbing, lead solder on copper plumbing, and brass faucets. Lead is highest in water left in pipes for a long time--for example, when the faucet isn't used overnight.
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Lead, While lead, a neurotoxin, may not be present in your public water supply, it can enter your water through old pipes. Pregnant women and parents of young children should have their water tested for lead. Lead, a heavy metal, can cause brain damage and developmental problems in children and adversely affect blood pressure, kidneys and red blood cells.
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Someday if you ask your plumber to examine your water pipes – you’ll be shocked to discover the insides of some of these pipes caked with mineral, biological and chemical deposits. In some cases the pipes themselves may leach copper and lead!
Another threat lurking inside older water pipes is bio-film, composed of layers of bacteria that can harbor pathogens like E. coli.
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Lead Exposure and Cataracts

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The accumulation of arsenic, nickel, copper, and lead in the soil profile was determined beneath five urban storm-water retention/recharge basins used by the Fresno Metropolitan Flood Control District, California. Soils were sampled from the surface to the first zone of saturation and compared with soils from an adjacent uncontaminated control site. These elements were found to be accumulating in the first few centimeters of basin soil and are important to the effectiveness of a specific best management practice, i.e., the retention and recharge of urban storm water. Study basins in use since 1962, 1965, and 1969 had lead contents in the 0-2 cm soil depth interval of 570, 670, and 1400 mg Pb/kg soil, respectively. The median indigenous soil lead concentration was 4.6 mg/kg soil. The practice of removing excess flood runoff water from two basins by pumping apparently is a factor in reducing the accumulation rate of these elements in the surface soils of the basins.


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