Chemicals in my Water
Harmful chemicals are in your drinking water if you live in one of the many affected cities in the U.S.
In fact, many estimates tell us that more than 20 million Americans are being exposed to unsafe drinking water every day.
Although the issue is more severe in rural areas, some major U.S. cities face a widespread danger of water pollution that could have long-term negative effects on the health of their residents.
Arsenic and Radium:
Exposure to water toxins like arsenic and radium can lead to cancer in what would otherwise be healthy individuals. Drinking water contaminated with arsenic can increase the risk of heart disease, cancer, and arsenic exposure has even been related to disorders in our children’s brain development.
Think it can’t happen to you?
Arsenic has reached the water supply in Arizona, New Mexico, and California.
Estimates from Reuters are that cities in the southwest, such as Tucson, Los Angeles, and Scottsdale, get their drinking water from sources that contain levels of arsenic that surpass the limits allowed by the EPA. Arsenic is a common contaminant present in the crust of the earth and highly contaminated water must be properly filtered in order to fall into what is considered safe consumption levels.
Exposure to radium is related to bone cancer, while other radioactive materials may cause skin, lung liver, thyroid, and other forms of cancer.
Radioactive materials like radium, plutonium, thorium and radon, can also be found in nature. Radioactive contamination has become a major concern in Texas. High amounts of radium have spread into the groundwater, contributing to the most widespread water-contaminate violations in the U.S.
Teflon and Chlorine:
PFOA is a man-made chemical widely used in Teflon, which prevents food from sticking to the pan. When Erin Brockovich, a clean water advocate, was asked about her biggest concern for drinking water today, she directly pointed out perfluorooctanoic acid, as that concern.
Locations near chemical plants which use PFOA can have increased levels of the chemical in their drinking water. Although researchers are still studying about the connections between PFOA and human health, the chemical has been linked to colon ulcers, kidney and testicular cancer, and other health risks.
Many people know that chlorine is present in swimming pools, so a little chlorine in their drinking water does not sound too alarming.
In the U.S. chlorine is intentionally introduced in the us water supply to eliminate pathogens like bacteria and germs, however when chlorine is combined with other compounds found in the water-supply, it can lead to some rather dangerous by-products.
Two of those by-products are chemicals known as THMs and HAAs. These dangerous contaminates have been linked to skin irritation, an increased risk of cancer and kidney disorders.
Filtering chlorine from your water can be done via reverse osmosis and carbon block pre-filter systems. Reverse Osmosis is not only effective in the removal of chlorine, it can also remove the by-products like THMs and HAAs, as well as dangerous heavy metals in your drinking water.