THE MOST COMMON POLLUTANTS IN YOUR DRINKING WATER

WHAT POLLUTANTS ARE MOST COMMON IN YOUR DRINKING WATER?

Most all U.S. drinking is safe. If you don’t like how your water tastes or smells, you may look at getting a water filter. Federal law requires water utilities serving more than 10,000 people to send and annual report to their customers that explains what’s in the water when it leaves the treatment plant. You can also find the information at your public library.

 You should be concerned about these water pollutants.  They are particularly dangerous to vulnerable groups, such as pregnant women and those with cancer or AIDs. Be especially concerned by these pollutants.

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1. Cryptosporidium. This  microscopic parasite was responsible for the single largest outbreak disease from a contaminated public water supply in U.S. history. Healthy adults usually recover but the parasite was fatal to about half of those with health problems, especially those with cancer and AIDs.  If your water system is required to run this test it will be noted. Boiling water can kill the parasite.

2. Lead. Water that leaves the treatment plant is usually free of lead but can pick up dangerous amounts by running through lead pipes or lead soldered pipes. The only way to know if your water is lead free is to have it tested. to find a lead testing place call 800-426-4791 or go to www.epa.gov/safewater

Arsenic. This element occurs naturally in the earth and shows up mainly in water drawn from wells. If your water has levels higher than 10 micrograms per liter, use a distiller, the only product currently certified to remove arsenic.

The EPA is moving ahead to to lower the safety levels for arsenic. At the current level, arsenic carries a lifetime cancer risk.

Chlorination byproducts. Chlorination kills germs, but it also reacts with organic matter in water to form chloroform and other trihalomethanes, which are carcinogens and have been linked to an increased risk of miscarriages.

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