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Student Advocates for Environmental Water A student-run business at Centennial High School sponsored by W.R. Grace, Lock heed-Martin, and Choice Hotels REASONS TO TEST YOUR WATER THE CITY TESTS WATER AT THE SOURCE, NOT IN INDIVIDUAL HOMES. Preview: 1. Tap Water vs. Bottles Water 2. Corrosion of Household and Water Utility Piping 3. Lead Levels in Water is Misrepresented Across the U.S. 1. Tap Water vs. Bottled Water Misconception: Supermarket bottled water is safer than tap water. Reality: -National Resource Defense Council report: 60 to 70% of all bottled water exempt from FDA’s standards because bottled and sold within the same state. -Bottled water companies avoid complying with basic health standards, such as those that apply to municipally treated tap water. -High Levels of cancer-causing bromate have been found in Dasani. Conclusion: The “safe” water bought in stores may be more harmful than tap water. 2. Corrosion of Household and Water Utility Piping Metal pipe corrosion causes metal leaking into the drinking water, which can cause Gastrointestinal disease* and bacterial infections. *Symptoms include nausea, vomiting, and diarrhea. 3. Lead Levels in Water is Misrepresented Across the U.S Lead exposure can cause serious health problems, including brain and kidney damage in adults. Some cities have even thrown out the tests that show high readings of lead. Many communities have a false sense of security about the quality of their water. Federal, state, and utility records show a number of utilities masked the extent of lead contamination, ignored requirements to correct problems, and failed to report the data to regulators. These reports have hit close to home: New York, Pennsylvania, and the D.C. area all have reports of dangerous levels of lead. HOW TO ENSURE WATER SAFETY Have your water tested by SAFEH2O. The SAFEH2O tests identity sources of possible water quality problems in your home. Each profile is customized to individual water samples and analysis information accompanies all test results. AVAILABLE WATER TESTS SAFEH2O offers two test packages. 1. Essential Test 2. Lead Test Essential Test pH: Waters with low pH are especially dangerous because they increase the toxicity of certain chemicals and metals and slowly dissolve copper pipes. Hardness: On skin, hardness blocks pores, attracts and holds dust and bacteria, and causes chapping, itching, and dryness. Hard water clogs pipes and plumbing fixtures, leaves spots on glass and dishware, discolors water and makes it taste bad. Essential Test Continued Copper: Concentrations exceeding 1 mg/L cause bitter-tasting water and may result in vomiting and lead to liver damage. Chlorine: Chlorine gas, even at low concentrations, can kill or pose long-term health threats. Nitrates: A widespread containment in fertilizer that causes bacteria growth, which is a major concern in western Howard County. Lead Test When ingested, lead enters the blood stream. It is stored in the body and extended exposure may lead to irreversible damage to the nervous, reproductive, and blood forming systems. This may cause: - learning disabilities - delinquent behavior - hyperactivity - Kidney and Heart disease - Brain damage DO NOT DELAY! HAVE YOUR WATER TESTED BY SAFEH2O TODAY! A $10.00 tax-deductible donation is requested for each water test. A portion of the proceeds will go to the tsunami victims. WHAT IS SAFEH2O? WHO WE ARE To address residential water safety concerns, a water characterization service was developed by students of Centennial High School (CHS) and W. R. Grace, our business partner. This service is called SAFEH2O (Student Advocates for Environmental Water). Our goals are to assay residential water for certain characteristics, to inform the public of possible contaminants, and to educate citizens about safe and healthy water. WHAT WE DO SAFEH2O is an innovative project, providing students with experience in a science-oriented, small business environment. It gives students an opportunity to apply knowledge attained in earth science, environmental science, chemistry, and computer science. GOALS OF SAFEH2O The goals of this business include developing student science and technology skills, providing students an opportunity to learn and apply business skills, and involving students, teachers, and Centennial's business partners in the project.