Some common chemicals found in tap water such as chromium, arsenic, and disinfectant byproducts can accumulate in our body tissue and affect our developmental and hormonal systems. Trihalomethane, a compound that is a combination of chlorine and organic matter is present in tap water and is suspected as a contributor of cancer. Pharmaceuticals such as antibiotics, sex hormones, antidepressants, and seizure pills have been found in the tap water of at least 41 million North Americans. Water treatment centres are not currently required to test for pharmaceuticals and researchers are unsure if the cumulative levels are hazardous.
- Although more than 60,0000 chemicals are used within the United States, only 90 contaminants are regulated by the EPA’s Safe Drinking Water Act (1974).
- Both government and scientists have linked low levels of hundreds of legal contaminants in tap water that can cause cancer, reproductive difficulties, and
- Since 2004. more than 62 million Americans have been exposed to tap water that did not meet government health guidelines. Some people have been unknowingly exposed to these contaminants for years.
- Scientists have stated that the Safe Drinking Water Act (1974) is outdated and that drinking water in America poses serious health risks. Until our government fulfills their obligation to protect us, our health is in our own hands.
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