Is your drinking water really safe?

Did you know the EPA has set 2 drinking water contaminant levels, the MCLG which is the level below which there is no known or expected risk to people's health and allows for a margin of safety. BUT, according to the EPA's own documents, they do not enforce that contaminant level. The 2nd level the MCL allows 33 contaminants to exceed the lower MCLG level. The higher MCL level is the contaminant level the EPA enforces.

Is the drinking water absolutely safe at the higher EPA allowed level for those 33 contaminants? No, in fact the EPA has released information showing anticipated "deaths" from drinking water at the "allowed" higher Maximum Contaminant Level (MCL) for one of those 33 contaminants which can be found in some water sources around the country.


The Maryland Department of the Environment in Coordination with the Environmental Protection Agency and the Anne Arundel County Health Department states 
by drinking water with that contaminant at the higher "allowed: Maximum Contaminant Level can cause an increased risk of fatal cancer and states a number of additional deaths related to drinking the water over a long term.. This contaminant has been located in states around the country but areas in the Midwest have a higher concentration of the contaminant than any part in the country.

It get's worse.
EPA reports there were over 8,500 Health Based Violations for contaminants reported by Water Supply Systems last year for contaminants that exceeded the "higher" MLC level.

This is how serious the EPA considers those violations to be:
“A health-based violation means that either a system has exposed their users to what EPA has judged as an unreasonable risk of illness, or a system has failed to treat their water to the extent EPA has judged necessary to protect their users from an unreasonable risk of illness in the event that the regulated contaminant is present in source water”
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the above is from the EPA Safe Drinking Water Hotline Report)

The EPA even warns people about increased risk of drinking water contaminants by certain groups of people:
Some people may be more vulnerable to contaminants in drinking water than the general population. Children and infants, pregnant women and their fetuses, the frail elderly, people undergoing chemotherapy or living with HIV/AIDS, and transplant patients can be particularly at risk for infections… If you have special health care needs, consider taking additional precautions with your drinking water…”
(EPA – Water On Tap: What you need to know - report)

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Chlorine

Did you know Public Swimming pools have a maximum Chlorine level of 3 parts per million before they will be closed to the public. But, drinking water from your kitchen faucet can have Chlorine levels up to 4 parts per million. Consider the consequences of this situation. It is a health risk to allow people to swim in the water, but the Water Supply Systems can provide water for drinking, cooking, bathing ,etc to your home at a higher level. 


Fluoride

“Political appointees at the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) raised the acceptable level of fluoride in drinking water from 1.2 ppm to 4 ppm, over objections from their agency scientists… 7,000 EPA union employees and the unions jumped into the debate.”
(Time Magazine)  (25)
(The 7,000 union employees were arguing against increasing the level of fluoride in drinking water.)

Have you ever looked at the warning on a tube of toothpaste with Fluoride? It says if you "accidently swallow more than used for brushing is swallowed to seek professional assistance or contact a Poison Control Center Immediately". The recommended amount of toothpaste for brushing is a "Pea" size amount.


Lead

When I did my initial research for the book, I discovered documents that listed over 7,000 homes in Illinois alone (my home state) that had Lead/Copper levels that exceeded the higher drinking water Maximum Contaminant Level. These violations were taken seriously by the state agency and the homes were required to undergo ongoing monitoring of the problem.

Lead can be in drinking water from either the pipes that deliver the water to the homes (earlier pipes used lead) or from the pipes or fittings in the homes themselves. Lead was used in pipes in homes built until about the mid-1980s and to some degree still used in some fittings today.

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Is bottled water the answer?

Approximately 40% of all bottled water comes from a public water system‚ just like kitchen tap water.  As shocking as that statement is, it might be the good news. At least Public water systems offer some type of filtration and disinfection and generally have stricter EPA regulations to follow than FDA bottled water regulations.

 It’s estimated that 60% of all bottled water is exempt from FDA bottled water regulations

Learn the truth about bottled water, the labeling and how to understand what you are really buying and drinking.


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​Now consider what the EPA has stated about actual violations from Water Supply Systems.


​The Maximum Contaminant Level (MCL) is the higher EPA enforceable level that Water Supply Systems are required to report violations.

The EPA has reported there were 17,519 violations of Water Supply Systems for either failing to monitor or for not even submitting their reports. How many more health based violations might there have been if those 17,519 Water supply Systems would have complied with their required contamiant monitoring and reporting?

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40% of Bottled water comes from a public water supply just like water from your kitchen faucet


Contaminants in drinking water may end up in any food  that's cooked with tap  water

Contaminants in drinking water  may end up in coffee, tea and other drinks made with tap water

Skin Absorbtion is a leading cause of contanimants entering your body, (from showering, bathing & Swimming)