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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http://www.nrdc.org/water/drinking/uscities/pdf/fresno.pdf


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http://www.cfsan.fda.gov/~dms/fdalead.html

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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http://www.thegreenguide.com/doc/101/threesteps

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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http://w3.newsmax.com/a/waterwise/?s=al&promo_code=39A7-1

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



http://www.blog4brains.com/2007/08/23/health-alert-lead-exposure-and-cataracts/

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http://www.osti.gov/energycitations/product.biblio.jsp?osti_id=5351122


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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