Friday, June 24, 2016 by JD Heyes
A project launched by NaturalNews founder and director of CWC Labs Mike Adams, the Health Ranger, to test local water for toxic chemicals has been a resounding success thus far after more than 230 samples have been examined.
The lab, formerly known as The Consumer Wellness Center, has been involved in testing local water samples sent in by NaturalNews readers and others who are interested in finding out how safe their local drinking water really is, especially after the Flint, Mich., fiasco, in which local officials – without any direct action taken by the Environmental Protection Agency – poisoned thousands of residents with lead-tainted water after switching from system used by Detroit to the contaminated Flint River. Scores of children were among those who ingested unsafe levels of lead over a period of months.
[You can see the actual test results – many of which will shock you – here; just enter your email address. If you’d like to submit a sample, it’s easy – here’s the form [PDF]. Here are the vials you need to send in your sample. There is no cost for this; you just need to buy the vial.]
Adams issued a call in March for the general public to send him water samples so he could test them, thereby allowing residents of communities all across the country to know whether or not their drinking water was actually safe.
“The EPA can no longer be trusted to protect Americans from toxic lead in the water supply. In an effort to take over the EPA’s role, we are calling on the general public to submit water samples to be tested as part of a nationwide analysis of heavy metals in American tap water,” reported EPA Watch at the time.
[The Austin Sentinel attempted to get comment from the EPA regarding Adams’ citizen-scientist effort to test water from around the country, but the taxpayer-funded agency declined to do so.]
None of that surprised Adams, who noted, “Sadly, the EPA has become a corrupt, incompetent regulatory regime that has utterly failed to protect America from lead poisoning in the water supply.”
The Adams-inspired effort to test water samples not only came on the heels of the contamination in Flint, Mich., but also after contaminants where discovered in New Jersey schools. The Associated Press reported in March that a number of Newark schools were affected:
New Jersey’s largest school district has shut off water fountains at 30 school buildings because of elevated levels of lead.
Newark Public Schools … temporarily shut off the fountains where elevated levels of lead were recorded.
The state Environmental Protection Department says parents should have no concerns about their children’s water and food consumption at school. The DEP says drinking water alone is not typically associated with elevated blood lead levels. Alternate supplies of water have been brought in for drinking and food preparation.
Speaking of the Newark schools, Adams specifically requested water samples from drinking fountains inside public schools.
“In the spirit of citizen science and the democratization of science, we are taking on this task because the EPA has failed the citizens of Flint, Michigan,” said Adams.
“When government regulators refuse to do their jobs, it is the duty and responsibility of citizen scientists to take on that task in the public interest. The health and lives of millions of children are at stake,” Adams added. “We don’t have time to wait for the EPA to someday decide to do its job. We need to protect our children right now.”
Scores more water samples are in the works, and CWC Labs will continue offering its testing services free of charge.
If you’re not sure that your local drinking water is really safe and have relied to this point on the EPA or local government agencies to ensure you’re drinking non-toxic water, it’s time you took action and found out for sure.