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Then and Now

19th Century

MONSTER SOUP commonly called THAMES WATER
MICROCOSM dedicated to the London Water Companies
William Heath (1795-1840)

A depiction of the horror elicited in the 19th century on discovering the ‘monstrous, all prodigious things, hydras, and gorgons and chimeras dire’ delivered into a teapot by the Thames Water Company (London, England).

This image remains a shamefully apposite depiction of the experience of many of the penurious in the world today whose only sources of fresh water are still contaminated with raw sewage.

† Use license: Creative Commons Attribution 2.0

21st Century

MONSTROUS SOUP commonly called US TAP WATER
MICROCOSM dedicated to the A.N.T.
Modified from William Heath

The ‘monstrous, all prodigious things ....’ are (mostly) gone. Horror now at the more than 300 synthetic chemicals in the ‘List of Ingredients’ for a hypothetical bottle of drinking water -- a mix of samples drawn from the 21st century faucets of a selection of US water districts1.

The number of chemicals in these samples however represents only a tiny fraction of the more than 100,000 synthetic compounds that are currently loose in our environment, few of which have been tested for toxicity2.

1 http://www.ewg.org/agmag/2005/12/national-tap-water-quality-database

2 Comprehensive testing of all compounds both individually, and in multiple random combinations of two or more (to detect unpredictable synergisms), on a variety of developmental, phsiological, and ecological phemonena, would be
such a monumental task that it is unlikely ever to be undertaken.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

*Patents Pending



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