You Need to Know
I was shocked!
I never thought about testing my water - and certainly not every year! But why then, would the EPA, CDC, WHO, all suggest this? Water and our health is clearly linked. And this is why, in America, we enacted the Safe Drinking Water Act (SDWA) and the Clean Water Act (CWA) decades ago. These require that the EPA create standards and regulations overseeing the quality of our drinking water. BUT EACH YEAR there are MORE THAN 200,000 violations!! This could be YOUR water!!
Inorganic & Organic Chemicals, Microbes, Disinfectants & Byproducts, Radiation . . . All can be found in our water source. See below where these contaminants come from and why they matter to our health.
Agriculture is the nation's leading cause of impaired water quality, according to the EPA. Pathogens from livestock feces are carried to water sources. We too are ingesting antibiotics and hormones given to the livestock.
Fortunately, disinfection has brought incidences of waterborne illnesses way down, but cases of Legionairre's, E.coli, etc. is not as uncommon as one would hope. Pregnant women, young children and people with compromised health, risk serious sickness or possibly death.
EPA lists lead poisoning the "#1 environmental health threat in the U.S. for children 6 and younger".
Even though the health risks are known, only a handful are regulated by the EPA.
According to the WHO,"There is no known level of lead exposure that is considered safe". Yet the EPA allows up to 15 parts per billion and will not alert the community unless 10% of samples test above that range.
Lead enters the home with lead plumbing materials, faucets, pipes, fittings and solder.
Antibiotics, hormones, mood stabilizers, and other drugs are often found in treated water. Not only does this affect our health but contributes to drug resistant organisms.
Disinfectants and Disinfection Byproducts are found in treated drinking water. At least 600 have been identified.
Radioactive matter naturally occurs with the decaying of certain material. We don't want it in our water though due to it's cancer-causing effects.
Hydraulic fracturing for oil and gas (fracking) is when water, sand and chemicals are pumped into the earth to create cracks. It's highly controversial as many studies are finding contamination of aquifers, ground wells and surface water.
Discharge from factories and refineries - VOC's, PFOA's, PCB's, PVC's - a toxic alphabet soup. There are tens of thousands of chemicals with more emerging each year, and the EPA monitors just a small fraction.
Too much fluoride? Very possible. 67% have it in their tap water. But we get it from many other sources too. Toothpaste, mouthwash, even FOOD,
Excessive fluoride can lead to kidney toxicity or dental fluorosis.
Some pesticides, herbicides and fertilizers are known carcinogens and are associated with neurological disorders, cancer and disrupting the endocrine system possibly leading to infertility. Crop run off easily enters our water sources.
Run off from fertilizers and insecticides is associated with neurological disorders, cancer, and disrupts the endocrine system possibly leading to infertility.
Fracking is a controversial topic and many studies are currently underway to identify the risks to our health. Water, sand, and a mix of chemicals are forced deep into the earth which create cracks. The chemicals can leak into underground aquifers.