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Are you aware what your water has tested positive for?

As a speaker and teacher of environmental topics, I was confident I was aware of what was in the water I drank. I recently learned how little I knew about contaminants present in the water I drink. A colleague of mine sent me a link to the EWG website, which has an online database that provides independent documentation of what has been tested for and discovered in your water.  The database is the most complete source available on the quality of U.S. drinking water, aggregating and analyzing data from almost 50,000 public water utilities nationwide.

The sad reality

When you and I drink a glass of tap water, we are also getting a dose of industrial or agricultural contaminants linked to cancer, brain and nervous system damage, developmental defects, fertility problems or hormone disruption.

Utilities are required by law to treat their water to meet state and federal standards before piping it into homes, schools and businesses, but water treatment chemicals can themselves produce other potentially harmful contaminants.

Within our drinking water

The database provides information by zip code; however, there are contaminants of concern regardless of where you reside within the United States.

The metal Chromium-6 or hexavalent chromium which is an industrial chemical made notorious by the film “Erin Brockovich,” but unregulated under the Safe Drinking Water Act – has been detected in drinking water supplies for more than 250 million Americans in all 50 states.

Tap water supplies for over 8 million people in 27 states had detections of 1,4-dioxane – an unregulated industrial solvent and an unwanted byproduct in consumer goods such as detergents, shampoos and cosmetics.

Are you ready to find out what lurks in your water?

Are you ready to find out what is really in your water? As we learned from Flint, Michigan what the utility may report as contaminants of concern may not be not be reported at all or what you should really be concerned about.  What are you waiting for?  Just don’t blame me when you some to the conclusion your water utility may not be telling you the entire story….

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