You’ve probably heard about the Flint Water Crisis, so what kind of contaminants could be in your drinking water (tap water)?
With their Tap Water Database, the Environmental Working Group now provides a tool to help you find out. If you live in the United States, you can find out the content of your tap water by entering your zip code or the name of your local utility. EWG is a public health and environmental advocacy organization.
The new tool is based on testing data from the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) on drinking water samples collected between 2010 and 2015. It contains water test data from nearly 50,000 water utilities across all 50 states.
While contaminants in drinking water are regulated by the federal Safe Drinking Water Act or state regulations, EWG claims that the “vast majority” of water utilities meet these standards. These studies and data reveal a sobering finding: contaminant levels are higher than what current research suggests is safe for a number of elements. The EPA’s limit for arsenic in water, for example, is 100 parts per billion (ppb), but the California Office of Environmental Health Hazard Assessment says 4 parts per trillion – or 0.004 ppb – would be a more reasonable level.
If you want to see the full scope of the disaster in Flint, you can look at the data here…
The bottom line is that the EWG recommends that people use water filters, and they provide a number of recommendations for different types of water filters that would help purify local tap water supplies.
If you want to find out what’s in your drinking water, visit the Environmental Working Group Tap Water Database….
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