You know Flint, Michigan, but rattle off a number of other cities – Ithaca, Joliet, Chicago, Minneapolis or even your hometown – and you would not advise drinking tap water. But maybe you should.
The problem with your water
Ithaca, New York, had problems with a new disinfection system that produced too much chlorite in its water. Last year, Joliet, Ill., Did not complete all the necessary tests for lead, copper nitrate and radium and admitted that "the quality of our drinking water is not safe during this time". Nearby, a Chicago Tribune analysis of 2018 water from 2,797 homes found led nearly 70 percent of them. And in Minneapolis, 3M Co. has settled a $ 850 million water pollution lawsuit involving PFCs, chemicals that are associated with an increased risk of cancer and infertility. The list of violations continues ̵
The most toxic pollutants for men
America's aging water infrastructure, built using lead pipes and connections, causes pollutants to reach more than 18 million people, according to NRDC. The EPA issues warnings when the lead content exceeds 15 parts per billion (ppb) in more than 10 percent of the samples.
More than 200 million Americans drink water containing unsafe amounts of the chemical notorious for Erin Brockovich. The California Office of Environmental Health Hazard Assessment has set a public health target of 0.02 ppb for Chromium-6.
Perfluorine and polyfluoroalkyl substances (also known as PFAS)
These pollutants are found in the waters of up to 110 million Americans in a 2018 EEC report. They are associated with cancer and decreased immunity.
The EEC reports in the waters of almost 90 million Americans. The toxin is found in plastics, production, paint strippers, paints and cleaning products and is associated with an increased risk of cancer.
In the water of an estimated 250 million Americans, according to the EPA. These are byproducts produced by the chlorination process – 11 are regulated, but there are more than 600. These are also associated with an increased risk of cancer.
According to an EEC report from 2017, harmful concentrations were detected for 7.6 million Americans. The common pesticide is associated with an increased risk of cancer.
How To Protect Yourself
Know Your H2O
Every year until July 1, your home's water utility must send you a consumer confidence report that is created Reference to found contaminants and list violations. If you live in an apartment or condominium, download a copy at epa.gov/ccr.
Check Your Pipes
Until the mid-1980s, lead pipes were allowed in new homes, explains Judith T. Zelikoff, Ph.D., a professor of environmental medicine at the NYU School of Medicine. And many of these lead leaching pipes still exist in homes across the country. If you have an older home, call the water department of your city and ask if you have access lines. There is no blood level of lead known to be safe.
Rinse your pipes with cold water.
If your system contains lead tubes and you do not have the money to replace them, the CDC recommends that you operate the cold water every time you use it. How long does it depend on whether there are lead pipes in the house, the pipe on the road, or both, says Scott Meschke, Ph.D., water expert at the Department of Environmental and Occupational Health at the University of Washington Sciences. Run the cold tap water for one to two minutes if there are lead pipes in the household. Let the cold run in the shower or bath for five minutes, followed by one to two minutes from the sink if your manifold contains lead. Use only cold water for drinking and cooking (lead is more soluble in warm and hot water), and regularly clean the faucet's aerator to remove any lead residue.
Test Your Water
The EPA has a certified list of laboratories to test your drinking water at epa.gov for lead and other contaminants, or call the Safe Drinking Hotline at 800-426-4791. If you drink from a private well, have your water tested by an environmental consultant once a year. Plan additional tests if your area is flooded or your water looks, smells or tastes different.
Bottled water is not always better.
Approximately 25-30 percent is actually tap water that may or may not be treated. after a report of the nfz. In an EEC study, bottled water tested by ten major brands contained on average eight different contaminants, such as pharmaceuticals (paracetamol), heavy metals, fertilizers and industrial solvents. Earlier this year, 93 percent of the 259 water bottles tested found a microplastic contamination in a State University of New York study. All this despite the FDA regulation. Look on the bottle for the seal of standardization organization NSF International (or browse the directory at nsf.org) to make sure the mineral water you drink has been independently tested.
Find a Great Filter
Their basic charcoal filters, which are contained in jars and faucet mounted equipment, are an effective way to significantly reduce contamination, but high quality reverse osmosis filters "remove just about anything," Andrews says , However, they are more expensive and may need to be installed under the sink. On the EWG website, you will find a water filter guide that can be searched by filtration method (carbon, ion exchange, reverse osmosis), type (pitcher, faucet, faucet, etc.), and any soils that you want to reduce or eliminate.