“Clean drinking water is something that the public has pretty much taken for granted for the past hundred years. The public has little idea -perhaps understandably- just how contaminated our drinking water has become. Our environment has changed, new biological transformations are emerging, drinking- water systems are aging, and governments seem more interested in ensuring business in the global marketplace than in ensuring the safety and health of the world citizens.” Nedelee Ruiz
National Assessment of Tap Water Quality found 260 contaminants in our nation’s tap water.
- According to chemical listings in seven standard government and industry toxicity references; 141 contaminants have no enforceable safety limits, 52 are linked to cancer, 41 to reproductive toxicity, 36 to developmental toxicity, and 16 to immune system damage. Despite the potential health risks, any concentration of these chemicals in tap water is legal, no matter how high.
- The EPA’s own scientists have identified 600 chemicals in tap water formed as by -products of disinfection- they tracked 220 million pounds of 650 industrial chemicals discharged to rivers and streams annually.
- Intensive use of highly acidic antibiotics in human and veterinarian medicine and in industrial farming (food additives) has resulted in the transport of significant quantities of the active ingredients to environmental waters. All told, EPA has set safety standards for fewer than 20 percent of the many hundreds of chemicals that it has identified in our drinking water.
- By failing to clean up rivers and reservoirs that provide drinking water for hundreds of millions of Americans, EPA and the Congress have forced water utility companies to decontaminate water that is polluted with industrial chemicals, factory farm waste, sewage, pesticides, fertilizer, and sediment.
- In its most recent national Water Quality Inventory EPA found that 45 percent of lakes and 39 percent of streams and rivers are “impaired”–unsafe for drinking, fishing, or even swimming, in some cases. Many of these compounds enter the human body through our skin when we bathe or swim.
- Even after water suppliers filter and disinfect the water, scores of contaminants remain, with conventional treatment regimes removing less than 20 percent of some contaminants. By failing to set tap water safety standards expeditiously or require and fund comprehensive testing, EPA allows widespread exposures to chemical mixtures posing known risks to human health.
- Survey found 82 unregulated pharmaceuticals, hormones, medications, and residues of consumer products in rivers and streams across the country.
Top 10 chemical compounds in US drinking water:
- Atenolol, a beta-blocker used to treat cardiovascular disease.
- Atrazine, an organic herbicide banned in the European Union, but still used in the US, which has been implicated in the decline of fish stocks and in changes in animal behaviour.
- Carbamazepine, a mood-stabilizing drug used to treat bipolar disorder.
- Estrone, an oestrogen hormone secreted by the ovaries and blamed for causing gender-bending changes in fish.
- Gemfibrozil, an anti-cholesterol drug.
- Meprobamate, a tranquilizer.
- Naproxen, a painkiller and anti-inflammatory linked to increases in asthma incidence.
- Phenytoin, an anticonvulsant that has been used to treat epilepsy.
- Sulfamethoxazole, an antibiotic used against the Streptococcus bacteria, which is responsible for tonsillitis and other diseases.
- TCEP, a reducing agent used in molecular biology.
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