(Picture by Holly Chaffin-Porter)
Some of you might know that I have a BA in Environmental Science. What I have never mentioned is that my senior thesis was "A 5 Year Study on Volunteer Water Monitoring in the Croton River". We monitored not only the river itself. All the little rivers and streams including the overflow from the Croton River Reservoir were included in the study. We tested for oxygen, temperature of the water as well as other indicators of the waters health using test kits in ALL kinds of weather and in every season--as long as the water wasn't frozen and we could lower our bucket into that water. We also tested for Cadmium a carcinogen which was known to be in those waters. Ours was not a totally scientific experiment-there were many other volunteer groups and governmental agencies doing some serious water testing at the time. They may still be doing it especially since the Tappan Zee Bridge is being replaced and the sediments at the bottom of the Hudson are being released into the upper levels. But that was all outside-I cringe when I think my friends I used to swim in the Hudson River when we were younger!. Can you imagine how many contaminants seeped into our bodies through our skin? Well, we all know better now. But what about our drinking water--you know that stuff they tell us we should be drinking a LOT of each and every day. Just how pure is it?
One thing I learned in Geology class is that water picks up its taste from the rock formations it passes through on its way to the larger streams and rivers. If you have ever tasted water directly from the source I think you will agree it tastes a whole lot better then tap water. Tap water generally has additives like Chlorine or Fluorine and who knows what else added. It also has POSSIBLE dangerous additions which came through because industries allowed their waste water to escape and it entered the reservoirs or places where people go to get their water. Water is a universal solvent and will bind to almost anything!
According to what I read on Water Liberty's site:
"Black mica (also known as Biotite), a naturally occurring mineral, has been used therapeutically in Ayurvedic Medicine, one of the world’s oldest holistic and alternative medicines.
Although the black mica has a long history in health benefits, the specific use for healing the body and purifying water has not been explored. It was not until a Japanese Scientist, Dr. Asao Shimanishi, a Japanese Scientist, who discovered that the very same mineral, can also remove contaminants in water."
Picture from http://geology.com/minerals/biotite.shtml (also read about Black Mica (Biotite)
There is a lot of controversy about Adya Clarity. (Water Liberty's Water Purifying system) so I decided to try it for myself. I was sent the 2 ounce bottle of Adya Clarity. You can read all about it, what it contains etc by clicking into Water Liberty's site and using the tabs at the top.
(picture from site)
The directions on the bottle said to add 5 drops to 8 ounces of water. There are directions on the site (although I can't seem to find it again) that say to use a paper filter to filter the water before adding the drops to remove any large particulates. So off I went to my kitchen--I happen to have coffee filters (non chlorinated as in brown colored)-so I carefully measured 8 ounces of filtered tap water into a glass measuring cup-then added the 5 drops of Adya Clear. I let it sit for about 15 minutes. I should probably tell you that where I live the tap water tastes horrible straight out of the tap--it really does. I normally have to freeze it and then let it semi defrost before I can even think of drinking it!! A WIN--I took a couple of sips straight out of the measuring cup--(there was no residue at the bottom)-the water tasted GOOD!!!! No yucky taste what so ever!!
Although I can't see me using these drops in my house every time I want a glass of water-it would certainly be great if you were out somewhere and were not sure about what the water you are about to consume contains. Of course Water Liberty has other water purification products and you can read all about them. They can be found at the sites below-the urls can be found on their website--lots and lots of interesting information to be had.
Water Liberty Website
Water Liberty Blog
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