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Poor drinking water quality is a major problem in many parts of mainland Europe, even in the more affluent nations, researchers reported at a World Health Organization meeting in Budapest.

According to WHO statistics, some 20 million people worldwide die each year of waterborne diseases -- one million of them in Europe.

While new technologies help control and monitor water safety, they can create new hazards; in Germany, for example, studies have shown increasing amounts of drugs and other substances -- such as sex hormones from contraceptives, pain killers, anticonvulsants and cholesterol lowering drugs -- are present in drinking water.

New pathogens have emerged as major concerns for industrialized countries, such as Cryptosporidium, a coccidial protozoan parasite now recognized as a common cause of diarrhea, one of the major killers in the world, according to researchers. Chemical contaminants with cumulative toxic properties are also a concern to public health experts in Europe, such as lead from water pipes, nitrates and pesticides from agricultural and livestock operations, and natural contaminants such as arsenic and fluoride.

Source: Carl Kovac, "Waterborne diseases threaten industrialized countries," British Medical Journal, November 11, 2000.

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-- Martin Thompson (, November 10, 2000


Details about the nasty bugs in your drinking water.
BTW they don't check for these until folks get sick, and then the boil water alert is issued.
I'd have a good water filter, like Reverse Osmossis with a UV zapper on it.
premier manf system in AZ is a good product, I've used for years.

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