Health Canada released an updated guideline for trihalomethanes (THMs) in chlorinated drinking water today, May 19. THMs are chemical compounds that may occur when organic material in water is mixed with chlorine. The health risk of THMs remains extremely low although some studies link them to health concerns if there is very long term exposure. THMs are not an issue for Nova Scotians who use private wells as they are a byproduct of the chlorination process. Chlorine is used in many municipal water systems. Municipalities in Nova Scotia with THM levels that currently exceed the updated federal guideline are: Louisbourg, Liverpool, Tatamagouche, Mahone Bay, Baddeck, Hayden Lake, Shelburne, Sydney River and Antigonish. The updated federal guideline reaffirms the existing acceptable level of total THMs at 100 micrograms per litre. But, for the first time, it sets a new guideline for bromodichloromethane (BDCMs) — a component of THMs – at 16 micrograms per litre. The guideline also notes that THMs can be absorbed by inhalation and skin contact during showering and bathing, in addition to being ingested. Studies in the U.S. and Canada have suggested that high THM levels in drinking water may be linked to stillbirths or miscarriages. Those studies however have not proved a definite connection. Other studies indicate that high exposure to THMs over a lifetime may increase chances of developing bladder cancer. As a precaution, public health officials in Nova Scotia are recommending that Nova Scotians minimize their exposure in Nova Scotia communities where THM levels are higher than the new federal guideline. “While the science linking THMs with stillbirths and miscarriages is not conclusive, our advice is that pregnant women and indeed anyone in affected communities should restrict their time in the bath or shower to as short a duration as reasonably possible,” said Dr. Ann Roberts, medical officer of health for Nova Scotia. “People in the affected communities can also reduce THM levels in their drinking water by installing activated carbon filters certified to remove THMs or use bottled water from a certified supplier.” The Department of Environment and Labour has worked with the municipalities to reduce the number of communities with unacceptable THM levels from 23, to the nine listed above. That work is continuing. “As part of Nova Scotia’s Drinking Water Strategy, we are helping municipalities ensure their drinking water meets current public health standards, including meeting the THM guideline,” said David Briggins, manager of Environment and Labour’s water and wastewater branch. “Municipalities are eager to make sure their drinking water quality is superior and we appreciate their ongoing efforts.” THMs are formed when chlorine reacts with organic materials such as dead leaves that naturally occur in surface water. Chlorine is used to treat drinking water to kill bacteria that can cause serious illnesses. Information about THMs in drinking water can be found on the Environment and Labour website at www.gov.ns.ca/enla/water/thm.asp .
Mumbai: Actress Parineeti Chopra feels American pop-singer Nick Jonas, her brother-in-law, was well prepared for his Indian wedding ceremony with her sister, actress Priyanka Chopra. Parineeti says she got lots of money “in dollars and rupees” as well as diamond rings in the ‘joota chupai’ ceremony. Priyanka and Nick got married in India in December last year. The couple had three-day wedding festivities at Jodhpur’s royal Umaid Bhawan Palace, where they exchanged wedding vows as per both Christian and Hindu rituals in two separate ceremonies. Also Read – Rihanna to release 500-page ‘visual’ autobiography ‘Joota chupai’ is a tradition wherein the sister-in-law hides the shoes of the groom and then asks for money or gift in return. Parineeti opened up about the wedding when she appeared on “BFFs with Vogue – Season 3” along with Sania Mirza. The show is aired on Colors Infinity, read a statement. During the signature BFFs game round ï¿½Say It Or Strip It’, Parineeti revealed how much she got for hiding Nick’s shoes for the ‘joota chupai’. Also Read – Hilarie Burton, Jeffery Dean Morgan tie the knot “I got a lot of money, I got dollars and rupees, in lakhs and we also got diamond rings. We also got bags, we got a lot of stuff. He was very generous,” Parineeti said. “He was actually more prepared than all of us. So I thought I was the smart one and I was going to go and do this ‘rasam’ (ceremony) and take only cash from him. They were more than ready because when the time came, he literally just signalled to someone and all of us cousins looked at the back, and there was this guy with a giant tray full of diamond rings and all of us got diamond rings and the bridesmaids got a lot of gifts. “So I am proud to show off that Nick jiju is very generous,” she added. When host and actress Neha Dhupia asked Parineeti about some ‘bridezilla’ moments from the wedding, she said: “We honestly thought of it before the wedding happened but actually not at all. “She (Priyanka) was just so happy and in fact she was so excited like she was that bride who, when the baraat came she wanted to get ready early so that she can run and see the baraat in a filmy style. She was really happy. So no, bridezilla moment, not at all.” During the ï¿½Platter Of Punishment’ game round, Neha asked Parineeti to choose between Nick as a singer or a brother-in-law, she picked him as a brother-in-law. “Nick Jonas, the brother-in-law. He is the best, I love him,” the actress said. Opening up about the Priyanka’s bachelorette party in Amsterdam, the actress said: “I just want to say Sophie (Turner) has all the videos and she has still not sent them to me and I am glad because if somebody looks at my phone…” Then Neha intervened and said: “Basically what happens in Amsterdam stays in Amsterdam.” Parineeti concurred, and said: “I think we did Amsterdam the way Amsterdam should have been done. I am just going to leave it at it.”