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STOP COKE’S ANTI-TAP CAMPAIGN

COKE ANTI-TAP CAMPAIGN        

Stop Coke’s Anti-Tap Water Campaign

FORCE CHANGEThe following article was posted on December 13, 2013 to the forcechange.com site by

CHAIRMAN KENTTarget: Muhtar Kent, Chairman of the Board and Chief Executive Officer of the Coca-Cola Company

BLACK COKEGoal: End Coca-Cola’s anti-tap water ad campaign, and give consumer access to healthy, affordable tap water

Water is essential for human life. Your body is more than half water, and failing to drink a sufficient amount each day can lead to a wide range of health issues. But for the Coca-Cola Company, water is merely competition. Since 2010 the company has pushed a secretive nationwide campaign it calls CAPTHE TAP CAMPAIGN2“Cap the Tap,” urging restaurants and servers to refrain from offering tap water at all. The campaign offers tips on how to “convert requests for tap water into orders for revenue-generating beverages,” namely Coca-Cola products like diet soft drinks and Honest Tea iced tea.

BOTTLES IN LANDFILLThe Cap the Tap campaign is a bad deal for the environment, your wallet, and your health. The Container Recycling Institute estimates that more than 34 billion bottled water containers hit the landfill each and every year. People spend DASANIbetween 240 and 10,000 times more per gallon for bottled versus tap water. Coca-Cola’s DASANI brand of bottled water even comes with added ingredients linked to high blood pressure.

In a nation fraught with epidemic-scale obesity and high blood pressure issues, shrinking wallets and growing landfills, there are many reasons to reject this anti-tap water crusade. Take a stand and demand that the Coca-Cola Company end its secretive Cap the Tap campaign immediately.

                                      OUTSIDE THE BOTTLE

PETITION LETTER:

Dear Muhtar Kent, Chairman of the Board and Chief Executive Officer of the Coca-Cola Company,

Word is out about the Coca-Cola Company’s “Cap the Tap” campaign, and like many consumers I am deeply disturbed by its goals. Tap water is an inexpensive and health-conscious beverage many patrons expect to be offered when they dine out; but your company would like to see this practice ended, despite the effect on wallets, waistlines and landfills.

Coca-Cola claims a dedication to corporate social responsibility, and even to the “management of the world’s precious water resources.” How can this be reconciled with your Cap the Tap program, which urges restaurants not to offer tap water to patrons and instead steer them towards your products?

Diet sodas, iced tea, and bottled water “supplemented” with salt are no substitute for the real thing. Every human being needs water to survive. Consumers are increasingly concerned with corporate accountability, and your choice to subvert them in this way will no doubt do your brand more harm than good. Put a stop to your Cap the Tap campaign, without delay. 

Please click on the link below to add your name to the petition ~ MANY THANKS!

http://forcechange.com/95541/stop-cokes-anti-tap-water-campaign/

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WATER BROTHERS ~ STOP DRINKING BOTTLED WATER!

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IMAGEAddicted to bottled water? You can save lots of money a month if you can kick your bottled water habit and start using good, old fashioned tap water. This infographic argues the point that bottled water isn’t any more superior than regular water and that we are all being conned by marketers to buy priced up water.

Don’t like the way your local tap water tastes?

We have answers to the above question ~ a whole house carbon filtration system that leaves you with pure, clean and healthy water for a lifetime ~ watch our video.

Why You Should Stop Drinking Bottled Water

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WHY ARE YOU STILL DRINKING TAP WATER???

These days we come across more reports and articles that add to our already full arsenal of information about the dangers lurking in our municipal tap water~ for example pharmaceuticals and dangerous chemicals that are causing many health problems. Unfortunately the water treatment systems in place that are servicing city drinking water systems do not have the capability of removing these dangerous substances.

More and more people are asking the same question these days, “What is in our tap water – we have to know?”  The question is understandable if we think about organic food becoming more popular because people know that pesticides are not used.  The more important question here is, “Then why are we not concerned about our drinking water?”

Water testing across the U.S. has found traces of antibiotics, antidepressants, blood pressure and birth control medications in our drinking water. Many water filtration plants don’t have the technology to remove these pharmaceuticals and contaminants from our drinking water.

Dr. Oz in his television presentation, “Don’t Drink The Water” points out that, “Our municipalities add chlorine, chloramines, fluoride and all sorts of other chemicals to adjust flavor, kill bacteria and cover odors. Each of these toxic materials have some pretty nasty side effects. Then there are the increasing levels of pesticides and toxic metals leaching into the water from farming and manufacturing each year.”

Here’s a link to Daily Mail online in the UK and I encourage you to read the article, “Poison in the kitchen…How tap water could damage your brain, blind or even kill you”, by Dr. Robert Morris, 30 April, 2008 ~

Read more: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/sciencetech/article-563123/Poison-kitchen–How-tap-water-damage-brain-blind-kill-you.html#ixzz247VYs5yV

Now we should be more concerned than ever when we learn that refrigerator manufactures are adding filters to their models with drinking water to remove these dangerous chemicals.  We must note however that the filters they use are NOT capable of removing uranium, lead, mercury, pesticides, herbicides and pharmaceuticals from the water.  In order to ensure removal of all contaminants, a system using carbon and sediment filters plus a membrane is necessary ~ such as a Reverse Osmosis system. 

GE has this to say about their product filtration system:  “The filter removes 98 percent of five trace pharmaceuticals, including ibuprofen (painkiller), atenolol (blood pressure medication), fluoxetine (antidepressant), progesterone (steroid hormone replacement), and trimethoprim (antibiotic) from water and ice.”

I’m certain that in different areas of the country more contaminants will be added to the ever-increasing list of dangerous substances lurking in our drinking water.

Here is a quote from Healthy, Wealthy, You website, You might be thinking “Well hey, I’ll just stick to bottled water!”.  Well hold your horses!  A report released by the Environmental Working Group found disinfection byproducts, fertilizer residue, and pain medication in bottled water, not to mention the familiar toxins in found in tap water, chlorine and fluoride.  On top of this bottled water is 1,900 x more expensive than tap water!  Bottled water just doesn’t cut it!

A good water filter is a must, and will pay for itself quickly from the savings of avoiding bottled water.  A home filtration system makes your water exponentially safer by removing dangerous contaminates like lead, arsenic, chlorine, bacteria, and cysts from your water before consumption, and makes it taste better too.

Don’t you think it is high time to consider installing a Reverse Osmosis system to have the peace of mind that you and your family are not drinking the dangerous chemicals and pharmaceuticals that are found in our drinking water.

At Eternally Pure Water Systems Inc. we sell an increasingly   popular Reverse Osmosis System for your drinking and cooking water ~ guaranteed to remove all contaminants and provide you with pure, healthy and refreshing tasting water.

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DANGERS OF CHLORINE IN OUR TAP WATER – PART 1 OF 2

DRINKING CHLORINATED WATER IS A HEALTH HAZZARD –  FACT! NOT FICTION!

Recently at Rainsoft Ottawa we became aware that more parents are concerned about their children’s allergies to chlorine in our drinking water. We encourage you to read as much as you can on the dangers of chlorine in tap water (dangers in drinking the water and also bathing/showering in chlorinated water) so that you can make an informed decision about systems that will remove the chlorine from your water.

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How Dangerous is Chlorine in our Tap Water?
Tap water is one of the four most pressing health threats posed by environmental problems. Each year the correlations between contaminated drinking water and cancer, learning disabilities, and asthma are becoming stronger and clearer. Even if tap water has gone through municipal treatment before reaching your home faucet, it is often far from safe. In many cases, municipal water treatment facilities actually add dangerous chemicals to water in the process of treatment.
Dangerous chemicals and other contaminants are constantly present in our tap water.
Many people may say that attacks on the quality of tap water are simply scare tactics designed to increase profit for bottled water and water treatment companies. Yet, large increases in cancers and other diseases related to poor drinking water quality point unabashedly to a large problem in the current quality of our tap water. What follows is a brief listing of contaminants that could very likely be in your tap water as well as a discussion of how these contaminants may affect your health.

Chlorine: Chlorine is perhaps one of the most dangerous and insidious poisons in our drinking water supply. Surprisingly, it is a municipal additive to drinking water. Water treatment facilities use chlorine as a powerful disinfectant to kill or inactivate biological water contaminants, but that same chlorine that is so toxic to biological contaminants is also poisonous to our bodies. Chlorine in drinking water is currently a leading cause of bladder and rectal cancer and asthma. Health officials are now linking chlorine ingestion to breast cancer, as well.
Clearly, tap water is unsafe and unsuitable for drinking, and bottled water is not the panacea we would like it to be. In many cases, bottled water is nothing more than reconstituted, rebottled tap water
Water filters, with their use of both chemical and physical processes to block contaminant passage, are the only type of water treatment that can effectively and efficiently remove chlorine and reduce other dangerous contaminants from drinking water. The dangerous nature of tap water clearly warrants the use of a drinking water filter…

If it cleanses your water, then what is the problem?

Health officials are concerned with the chlorinating by-products, also known as “chlorinated hydrocarbons” or trihalomethanes (THM‘s). Most THM’s are formed in drinking water when chlorine reacts with naturally occurring substances such as decomposing plant and animal materials. Risk for certain types of cancer are now being correlated to the consumption of chlorinated drinking water. The President’s Council on Environmental Quality states that “there is increased evidence for an association between rectal, colon and bladder cancer and the consumption of chlorinated drinking water.” Suspected carcinogens make the human body more vulnerable through repeated ingestion and research indicates the incidence of cancer is 44% higher among those using chlorinated water.

Even though the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) adopted new regulations in 1980 for cities to lower the chlorination by-products in water to level not exceeding 100 parts per billion, experts believe that it still doesn’t provide proper safeguards and should be strengthened. Unfortunately, there is a little likelihood that the use of chlorine will be discontinued since it is currently the most economically acceptable chemical for bacterial control at this time. It is ironic that the process of chlorination, by which we cleanse our water of infectious organisms, can create cancer-causing substances from otherwise innocent chemicals in water. Expert voices from now and earlier:

“Chlorine is the greatest crippler and killer of modern times. While it prevented epidemics of one disease, it was creating another. Two decades ago, after the start of chlorinating our drinking water in 1904, the epidemic of heart trouble, cancer and senility began.”
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J.M. Price, MD

IS YOUR WATER SAFE TO DRINK? – Consumer Reports Books

Chlorinated Drinking Water Linked to Cancer
November 21, 1999 The Toronto Star
Task force to conduct tests in hundreds of communities
Ottawa (CP) – A new federal analysis concludes that chlorinated drinking water may pose a cancer risk to humans, particularly the risk of bladder cancer.

The report by the Laboratory Center for Disease Control, made public yesterday, is based on an exhaustive review of dozens of studies carried out over recent years in Canada and abroad.
The review has already spurred the Federal-Provincial Drinking Water Committee to re-examine existing standards for levels of chlorine by-products (CBPs).

Despite the undisputed benefit of chlorination in controlling infectious diseases, the epidemiological studies indicate an elevated incidence of bladder cancer among those who have been exposed to chlorinated drinking water for long periods.

“If you put those two lines of evidence together I would say it comes out as a probable link (between chlorinated water and cancer),” said health department expert Donald Wigle, who wrote the review.
He said a task force would test drinking water in hundreds of communities across Canada to determine precisely the current concentrations of chlorination by-products. The task force will also survey equipment and practices at water purification plants across the country to determine how costly it would be to lower the current limit on the chemicals. One of the most effective ways to reduce concentrations of the chemicals is to use filtration. But many communities, especially smaller ones, don’t have up-to-date filtration systems.

Wigle said a new standard, if one is deemed necessary, probably won’t be proclaimed until late next year. He said consumers could protect themselves from the risk by using household water filters or drinking bottled water.

Chlorine’s Health Effects
In addition to diet and exercise, maintaining optimum health involves controlling toxic pollutants commonly found indoors. Many people who suffer from allergies find their complaints aggravated by substances that have become part of everyday life. Whether we like it or not, most of us spend 70 to 90% of our time indoors, bombarding our immune systems with chemicals and irritants from carpeting, cleaning products, tobacco smoke, pesticides, dust, plastics, fiberglass, asbestos, automobile exhaust, and even the chlorine that is routinely added to municipal water supplies…

While chlorine occurs in nature, chiefly as a component of sodium chloride in sea water and salt deposits, it irritates the eyes and throat, and it is poisonous when swallowed or inhaled. In 1992, the American Medical Association published information that stated “nearly 28% of all cancer of the intestines and 18% of all cancer of the bladder were caused by the drinking of chlorinated water.” Chlorine may also be a culprit in cancer, although studies undertaken to determine if this is the case remain incomplete.

Potential Contribution to Heart Disease
The patent for chlorination was granted in 1888 to Dr. Albert R. Leeds, Professor of Chemistry at Steven’s Institute of Technology in Hoboken, New Jersey. The next year, the first chlorination of a public water supply was attempted in Adrian, Michigan. It wasn’t until 1908, however, that chlorination was used on a large scale, at Boonton Reservoir waterworks in Jersey City, New Jersey. By the 1940s, chlorination was widespread in the United States.

Concerns about chlorine and health began in the 1960s. In one study, an association was shown to exist between chlorination and heart disease, evidence that was, interestingly, discovered in Jersey City, the site of the first large-scale chlorination project. The severity of heart disease among people over the age of 50 correlated with the amount of chlorinated tap water they consumed. A statistically significant correlation demonstrated that those persons over 50 who did not suffer from heart disease drank mostly unchlorinated fluids such as bottled water, or boiled water (chlorine is released as a gas when boiled).

Dr. Joseph Price, author of Coronaries, Cholesterol, Chlorine, has stated that he believes chlorine is the cause of “an unprecedented disease epidemic which includes heart attacks and strokes … Most medical researchers were led to believe it was safe, but now we are learning the hard way that all the time we thought we were preventing epidemics of one disease, we were creating another. Two decades after the start of chlorinating our drinking water in 1940, the present epidemic of heart trouble and cancer began.”

Although numerous studies have been conducted in the attempt to discover how chlorine may be a factor in cancer, no research has determined specifically that chlorine is a responsible agent. (See, for example, T. Pate, R. H. Harris, S. S. Epstein, “Drinking Water and Cancer Mortality in Louisiana,” Science Vol. 193, 1976, 55-57). But the relationship between heart disease and chlorinated water is well established – alas, even chickens and pigeons used in tests to determine the effects of chlorine showed evidence of either atherosclerosis of the aorta or obstruction of the circulatory system.

Rainsoft of Ottawa can certainly dispel your fears about the dangerous effects of chlorine. Our two systems that remove chlorine in your drinking water or in your bath, shower and laundry water are a Reverse Osmosis System and the Whole House Carbon Filtration System.
Contact us for information, a free water analysis test and chlorine removal systems.
Ottawa, 613-742- 0058 for an appointment.

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