Wikipedia – A Guide to Horrors

Every now and then we have a customer who asks pointed questions about the performance of Seagull IV and First Need XL water purifiers.  We generally send them in the direction of our Product Data Sheet to see the list of chemicals that the Seagull IV water purifiers can remove.

Recently while helping a customer, I realized that the Product Data Sheet assumes that the customer is sufficiently knowledgeable to be able to understand and interpret the data but in this instance the data just added to the confusion that the customer had.

To simplify, I sorted the chemicals into a couple of categories; commonly found in municipal water supply, herbicide, pesticides, solvents and organic compounds. To do this I used Wikipedia.

I realized that I having been using the stock and trade answer of “removes chemicals, herbicides, pesticides…..” without giving it much thought.  The Wikipedia entries for these chemicals jolted my consciousness back to a time when these chemicals had names.  Fearful names.

Rachel Carson’s 1962 landmark book “Silent Spring” not only rallied people to fight the use of DDT but became the rallying call for environmental activism and consciousness. By the seventies; Asbestos, Dixons, DDT, PCB, Mercury and Lead had all become household words. The Love Canal  and the Grassy Narrows fiascoes were nightly news.  Mom, Dad and I would watch these newscasts and wonder what was under our house, what was Dad breathing in at work, what was in our water…

As I read the Wikipedia entries for the chemicals listed in the Seagull IV Product Data Sheet I realized that I had the table of contents for a new book, “Wikipedia –  A Guide to Horrors”.  Read it if you dare……….

Wikipedia – A Guide to Horrors
in Municipal Water Supplies
Notes Wikipedia Reference
Trihalomethane (THMs) Chlorination byproduct
2,4-D (2,4-Dichlorophenoxyacetic acid),4-Dichlorophenoxyacetic_acid
2,4,5-TP (Silvex, Fenoprop) Banned in USA, 1985
Methoxychlor Banned in USA, 2003
Chlordane Banned in USA, 1988
Aldicarb (Temik)
1,2-Dibromomethane (EDB),2-Dibromoethane
1,1 Dichloroethane,1-Dichloroethane
Diisopropyl ether
Tetrachlorethylene (PCE)
Trichloroethylene (TCE)
Organic Compounds
Carbon Tetrachloride Chlorination byproduct
Chloroform Chlorination byproduct
Hexachlorobenzene Banned in USA, 1966
PCB Banned in USA, 1979