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The Drinking Water Book: How to Eliminate the Most Harmful Toxins from Your Water
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Manufacturer: Celestial Arts
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Binding: Paperback
Dewey Decimal Number: 628.162
EAN: 9781587612572
ISBN: 1587612577
Label: Celestial Arts
Manufacturer: Celestial Arts
Number Of Items: 1
Number Of Pages: 185
Publication Date: 2006-05-15
Publisher: Celestial Arts
Studio: Celestial Arts

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Editorial Reviews:

THE DRINKING WATER BOOK takes a level-headed look at the serious issues surrounding America’s drinking water supply. Unlike water purifier manufacturers and public health officials, Ingram presents unbiased reporting on what’s in your water and how to drink safely. Featuring all the latest scientific research, the book evaluates the different kinds of filters and bottled waters and rates specific products on the market.


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Summary: Useful, but not Mandatory
Comment: This book is a primer for those interested in obtaining better quality drinking water. If you've spent ten hours or more researching the subject, this book won't radically alter your worldview. However, what it does do well is fill in the cracks. It features pages of distributors and suppliers; it discusses in depth the various types of filters and why they work; it does feature some interesting tidbits (faucet-mounted filters are largely ineffective!). This book only confirmed the direction I was going in -- to get a three-step desktop filter, the best that you can do without moving up to a distillation system.

On the negative side, occasionally the writer reveals a hypochondriac's fixation with germs and gives vent to his pro-regulatory biases. On the positive side, the book is short, eminently readable, and gives a solid overview of the subject with a few new nuggets of knowledge.

In short, useful, but not mandatory.


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Summary: Why Should I Be Concerned About My Drinking Water?
Comment: Colin Ingram pulls the reader into his book by offering "Ten Quick Tips" to "wet" your appetite for the valuable detailed information that follows.

Ingram, who has years of experience as a scientific writer, articulates with clarity in this comprehensive guide to the importance of pure drinking water for maintaining optimum health. The chapter on water pollutants and the risk to health was startling. There is a logical order to the book as the next chapter deals with water testing and finding out what is in your water, and the best drinking water for good health. I was amazed to discover the various sources of commercial water suppliers and the number and variety of their products.

Several chapters deal with water purifiers and how they work. They include information on filters, distillers, alternative methods, and suggestions for combining types of purifiers. Ingram included suggestions on how to evaluate these systems, types of installations, a cost comparison of purifiers, and a comparison of the cost of bottled water versus that of a purifier.

I found the chapter summaries and author's recommendations especially helpful. He not only introduced primary and alternative methods, and combinations of purifiers, but also pros and cons of various views being expounded by vendors, environmentalists, and politicians.

The appendix, glossary, and index add to this compact, comprehensive manual on how to insure you are drinking safer water.

This is an important, informative, guidebook, calling for imperative action steps to do something about the water you are drinking.






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Summary: Simple, common sense information
Comment: I've had an interest in safe drinking water for many years. The market is flooded (pun intended) with advertising and claims. Mr. Ingram has made a difficult field very understandable. So much so, that you can make an intelligent decision on how to ensure safe drinking water for your family. I bought more copies and have given them as gifts.
He claims to be totally independent and from the book, it seems he is.
I am a new author, finishing my book Common Sense, The Joy of Living Smarter. I am listing this book in my reference chapter.

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Summary: A Candid Review by the Author
Comment: I wrote this book because after extensive communication with government agencies, universities, non-profit organizations and private sector manufacturers, I simply could not find objective information about drinking water safety and consumer options. Since I have been a professional writer and editor for over four decades, I decided to bite the bullet and do it myself. I spent five years researching material for this book and I have no axes to grind; just the desire for truth. This is the 2nd edition of this book. The 1st edition was hailed as the definitive consumer book on drinking water, and I believe this book is even better. You'll find that it contains the most objective, complete and easy-to-understand information on drinking water that is available, and this opinion has been confirmed by many authorities in the field of drinking water safety. Thanks for your time, Colin Ingram.

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Summary: The best drinking water book you can buy
Comment: This book is well named, since it is the definitive book on drinking water. It includes extensive information on water contaminants, water testing, bottled water, and home purification systems. The information is well-researched, easy to read, and well-formatted, with simple charts and diagrams supplementing the text where necessary. I bought several books on drinking water at the same time, and this one was clearly superior to all the others. Don't waste time and money; buy this book first!


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