Letter: Residents should educate themselves about water meters

To the editor:

Do you know what electromagnetic frequency or EMF is? EMF waves are emitted from ionizing sources such as x-rays and ultraviolet radiation as well as non-ionizing sources such as cell phones, WiFi and the new water meters that the city of Edina is attempting to replace in your home.

These new water meters (only in use since 2009) do emit a strong pulse of radiation every 14 seconds, day and night. The long-term effects of EMF pollution include fatigue, sleep disturbance, headaches, discomfort, difficulty concentrating, depression and memory loss, cardiovascular effects, sperm damage, infertility, childhood leukemia and other kinds of cancer.

The human body uses electricity for cell to cell transmission and nerve impulses, and this orderly sequence is obviously disturbed by EMF exposure. No one forces you to use your cell phone or microwave, so why should you be forced to have an EMF emitting water meter in your home?

Reduce your EMF radiation burden by calling the Edina Public Works Department and asking for the “opt-out” touch-pad system or a wired system for transmitting water meter readings.

Erin Angelats

Edina

  • Dee Westbrook

    EMFs exist around anything that runs on electricity. Not only do EMFs exist around the appliances and devices that you plug into an electric socket, but EMFs exist around the electric wiring and panels that supply electricity to your house, inside and out. If you use a computer you could be exposed to EMFs, even at work, where you may be required to use one.

    You can find out just how many EMFs you and your family are exposed to with a simple electronic gadget known as a gaussmeter. A gaussmeter can measure the EMF that exists in any room or around any specific electrical device. Gausmeters can be purchased online, at home improvement stores, or borrowed from the electric company.

  • Andrew Cowley

    Thanks Erin, for a great further comment on the dangers of these devices. For further information on what the medical community has published in well respected peer reviewed literature, you can visit http://www.aaemonline.org clicking on community resources and then clicking on position papers. The recommendations and great information on EMF exposure is the first paper in the list entitled, “American Academy of Environmental Medicine Recommendations Regarding Electromagnetic and Radiofrequency Exposure.”

    Please call the City of Edina and tell them you strongly oppose putting this meter in your home. While they may downplay the dangers, make no mistake, these meters are dangerous and to some life-threatening.

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