How Safe Is Your Drinking Water from Toxic Water Pollution?

 

We all know water is essential to good health, but because of water pollution some of our drinking water may not be as healthy as we think. Over the past 50 years, thousands of chemicals have been widely used to make our lives more convenient.  Unfortunately, many of these same chemicals can find their way into just about anything —including our drinking water.

Who’s Watching Water Pollution?

 

To help safeguard our water supply, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency established the Clean Water Act, which sets standardsWater Pollution and testing requirements to be followed by our municipal water treatment facilities for 90 different contaminants.  Unfortunately, the number of potential contaminants in our water far exceeds EPA testing protocols.  In fact, a research study found more than 300 agricultural and industrial pollutants in the tap water of 45 states, and more than half of those pollutants had no drinking-water safety standards.

There is a drinking water quality report that you can access that shows water pollution results of tests conducted by your water utility and provided to the Environmental Working Group (EWG) by the Minnesota Department of Health- Environmental Health Division. It is part of EWG’s national database that includes 47,667 drinking water utilities and 20 million test results.  Water utilities nationwide detected more than 300 pollutants between 2004 and 2009More than half of these chemicals are unregulated / legal in any amount. Despite this widespread contamination, the federal government invests few resources to protecting rivers, reservoirs, and groundwater from water pollution in the first place.

Search Your City’s/Town’s Water Pollution

 

I went to the Environmental Working Group web site and entered my zip code in the “What’s in your water” search box.  I found a report saying my drinking water contained 12 contaminants, including 1 agricultural and industrial pollutant, and 2 pollutants that are UNREGULATED.—and 7 of the chemicals present exceeded the health guidelines limit for maximum contaminant exposure. One of the chemicals present was chloroform.   Long-term exposure to this toxin may cause liver, kidney, or central nervous system problems and can increase cancer risk .  

Luckily for me, I have found a great way to take extra precautions and filter my family’s drinking water with a Quality yet affordable water system.  If you want to see what this amazing water treatment system removes, just check out the WQA’s Gold Seal Certification.  This is also one of my favorite presents to give to the people I love because I know it is the best one on the market.

 

Water Pollution related posts: “Conserve Water-Save Energy & Flush Your Water Bill!” –  http://thehealthykey.com/?p=802  / “The Real Dirt on Clean Water” –   http://thehealthykey.com/?p=126

 

 

 

Lisa is a home environmental specialist focusing on smart, safe alternatives for families concerned about today’s toxin epidemic

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