Did You Know That Tap Water is Full of Unregulated Chemicals?

By |December 10th, 2013|

Most of us already know that our tap water is filled with chemicals!

The Breaking News is: Federal scientists analyzed the water in 25 U.S. water facilities.  In nine of the facilities, they found traces of 21 chemicals in the water.  Of those 21 there were 18  unregulated chemicals which included solvents, herbicides, caffeine, metal and antidepressants in the water according to Environmental Health News. The research paper on the detailed findings by the scientists is to be expected to be published next year.

The 21 contaminants detected were found to be mostly in low concentrations in treated drinking water from at least nine of the utilities. Eighteen of the chemicals are not regulated under the federal Safe Drinking Water Act thus utilities do not have to meet any limit or even monitor for them.

“The good news is the concentrations are generally pretty low, there’s still the unknown. Are there long-term consequences of low-level exposure to these chemicals?” said Dana Kolpin, research hydrologist with the USGS who participated in the study.

There is little known about the effect on human health for many of the contaminants, in low doses. But one contaminant, perfluorinated compounds (are used in food packaging to make an object oil, stain and water resistant) known as PFOA have been linked to a variety of health problems.

Perfluorinated compound linked to cancers, colitis, thyroid disease.

The perfluorinated compounds found in drinking water have been found in the blood of nearly all people in the U S.  Scientists say there is a “probable link” between PFOA in drinking water and high cholesterol, ulcerative colitis, thyroid disease, testicular cancer, kidney cancer, and pregnancy-induced hypertension. (based on findings on people in Mid-Ohio Valley communities whose water was polluted with PFOA from a DuPont plant)

PFOS, another form of perfluorinated compound was used in Scotchgard until 3M phased it out in 2002. It has been linked to attention disorders in children and thyroid disease in men.

When they attempted to remove the perfluorinated compounds treatment techniques are largely unsuccessful. Only one plant was successful at removing them, and it used activated carbon treatment.

“Chlorination and other treatments technologies will remove some contaminants but will react with others. Some compounds may appear to be removed but may be transformed to a chemical we know even less about.” said Laurel Schaider, research associate, Harvard School of Public Health.

Do you want to be filling your body with these chemicals? I know that it was making me ill a long time ago and have always drank filtered water.

Filter your water!

Here is the water filter I am using and very happy with it. The only way to remove fluoride is to use a reverse osmosis system and some are better than others. When I did my research this is the one I decided on.

APEC Water System, 5-Stage Reverse Osmosis Drinking Water Filter System


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