The Truth About Tap Water
Thanks to the federal Safe Drinking Water Act (SDWA) passed in 1974, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) regulates public water suppliers and sets standards to ensure the safety of your drinking water. While these regulations are in place to create safe drinking water, they do not always create pure drinking water. Our public water filtration systems treat nearly 34 billion gallons of water per day. Not all contaminants can be removed with the water treatment methods used. In fact, in some areas, substances are added to the water to remove impurities. Shouldn't you enjoy clean, pure water without adding anything to it?
Potential Water Contaminants
- Disinfectants - chemicals from water additives used during public water treatment
- Inorganic Chemicals - asbestos, metal discharge, pharmaceuticals, lead, fertilizers
- Organic Chemicals - herbicides, soil leaching, agricultural run-off
- Radionuclides - mineral deposits that may emit certain types of radiation
There are several ways to help reduce the possible contamination of your public water supply including, reducing the amount of trash your produce, recycling used oil and anti-freeze and carpooling or taking public transportation to reduce emissions. You can also add a home water filtration system to help remove contaminants that remain in your tap water.
Learn more about common methods of water filtration