SOUP commonly called THAMES WATER
MICROCOSM dedicated to the London Water Companies
William Heath (1795-1840)
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).
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.
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SOUP commonly called US TAP WATER
MICROCOSM dedicated to the A.N.T.
Modified from William Heath
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.
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.
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.
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