Water Research Laboratory Fundraiser
With the launch of our new website, we will kick off our fundraiser to get a newly designed, state-of-the-art Water Research Laboratory.
What we need: $2,400,000
Why we need the money: Recently, in the U.S., it has been in the news that pharmaceuticals and prescription drugs have been found in our drinking water. The water contamination problem is far more widespread than once believed, as there are thousands of chemicals in our water that we don’t currently know how to test for.
The STW™ Laboratory will be equipped with gas chromatography and mass spectrometry (GC/MS), which is the ideal equipment for detecting and characterizing organic compounds. In addition, the laboratory will be equipped with inductively coupled plasma (ICP), for detection of metals, and high-performance liquid chromatography (HPLC).
Tests on water and other sample extractions are performed with extreme accuracy and continued research to identify chemical contaminants that are considered toxic to humans and the environment.
Save the Water™ responds by providing the research and analytical scientific component to solve the problem.
The Chemical Abstract Service (CAS) Registry count for organic and inorganic chemicals as of February 12, 2012 is over 65 million organic and inorganic substances; these are the number of chemicals that are found in nature and have been synthesized and registered with the CAS. Currently, there are approximately 80,000 chemicals in commercial use in the U.S. These are manufactured in hundreds of millions of tons per year. Water is the universal solvent; everything dissolves in water. So it is understandable that the thousands of man-made chemicals we manufacture will find their way into the water supply.
According to The United Nations Environment Program website “There is concern that many of these (new chemicals) have not been tested for their full range of health and environmental effects including their potential to disrupt to the hormonal systems of animals and human beings.” Industrial chemicals and their uses are well known. However, the health impact of most industrial chemicals is still only partially known. And, while it has been proven that some industrial chemicals are quite dangerous, what begs further scientific analysis is whether we are ingesting those chemicals, because we have not yet developed the testing mechanisms that provide water contamination analysis as a means of preventing illness and disease.
The mission of Save the Water™ is to conduct water research to identify toxic chemicals harmful to humans, animals and the environment. Save the Water™ is committed to finding methods to eliminate the toxins and improve the quality of drinking water. The importance of water analysis and contaminant research in the fight against the world’s water contamination crisis is quite clear. It is vitally important that we know what chemicals are finding their way into our water supply and what impact they are having on the public health. Thus, Save the Water™ analysis and research will impact science in a variety of ways. Medical, analytical, and environmental sciences will be markedly improved by our techniques and the significant findings of our work. Humanity at all levels of the socio-economic spectrum will be impacted in a very positive way by the healthier, cleaner water that the research performed by STW™ will accomplish. Future generations will commend those who participated in the protection of this valuable life-giving resource.