Do you know if your water is safe to drink and use? Do you know there can be contaminants in water associated with harmful health effects, including cancer? Students from Dr. Laurine Brown’s fall 2014 class War on Cancer: Does the Environment Matter have put together a film that explains what we should be aware of when it comes to the water we consume and use.
Tips they offer to protect yourself from unsafe contaminants associated with water include:
- Use reusable water bottles that are not made of plastic. If they are, make sure they are free of the chemical BPA.
- Avoid using disposable water bottles, as those may not be tested for contaminants as thoroughly. Instead, use one of the new, filtered hydration stations placed around campus.
- Avoid soaps with the chemical triclosan when washing hands.
- Make sure you take showers in a well-ventilated area and not unnecessarily long.
- Don’t flush unwanted medications down the drain. Instead, take them to the IWU drug disposal drop box!