You usually hear the phrase “there must be something in the water” when people or animals display peculiar behavior patterns, but we never really take it literally because we assume that the water we are drinking is safe and free from contaminants. But in light of recent events, we really can’t be too sure anymore that there isn’t something strange in the water.
The Japanese government announced today that the tap water in the Tokyo area and surrounding cities is not safe for infants, as the level of radioactive iodine in the water exceeds what is considered to be safe for consumption by infants under the age of 1. Since we are in Yokohama, we are still pretty safe; our levels have yet to reach the high numbers that Tokyo is getting, but is it a matter of time before we’re affected too?
Personally, I don’t trust the Japanese government to tell me the full truth, and I do believe that there is a cover up to prevent an onset of widespread panic. Having said this, am I really that concerned? The answer is yes, and no.
I don’t believe that there is an immediate concern. We aren’t going to die tomorrow, or from drinking one, two, five, ten, or hundred cups of water. However, I am very concerned over the long term effects that this may have on Haru. Although she is hardly an infant anymore, she is still a growing child and susceptible to long term effects from contaminants (especially radiation) that she consumes now. I don’t want her to have thyroid cancer ten or twenty years from now from having consumed radiation tainted water, so in that respect, I am very concerned over the long term effects to her health.
Tonight for the first time ever, we allowed Haru to drink soft drink with her dinner. 99.9% of the time, we drink water, but since we can’t trust the government enough to tell us the truth about the safety level of what we’re eating or drinking, and I don’t believe that the water is 100% safe to drink, we made this exception, which made her of course, very happy.