ALERT – PUBLIC SERVICE ANNOUNCEMENT
THIS IS A HEALTH HAZARD SITUATION. THERE IS A REASONABLE PROBABILITY THAT DRINKING SOME TAP WATER CAN CAUSE ADVERSE HEALTH CONSEQUENCES. PLEASE READ CAREFULLY AND CHECK THE DATABASE BELOW TO CHECK YOUR CITY’S TAP WATER SAFETY LEVEL.
The Environmental Working Group (EWG) has just released a controversial new report, finding that there are over 267 contaminants in US tap water. These contaminants have been linked to cancer, brain damage, fertility issues, and more.
Most people believe that their tap water is relatively safe, as the government invests a lot of time and resources into filtering it. Unfortunately, with new chemicals being dumped into our water supply every day, the government’s water filtration systems haven’t had time to keep up.
The EWG tested tap water for 500 contaminants that have been linked to serious adverse health consequences, and found 267 that were present in tap water. These tests were conducted by more than 48,000 utilities companies across all 50 states. This shows that no matter where you live in the US, your tap water is filled with deadly carcinogens.
Out of the 267 contaminants found:
- 93 were linked to higher rates of cancer
- 78 were associated with nervous system damage
- 63 were connected to birth defects
- 38 were contaminants that could cause fertility issues
- 45 were endocrine disruptors
Here’s a few of the chemicals found, and what they do to your body:
- Bromodichloromethane – a dangerous disinfectant linked to cancer and pregnancy defects
- Atrazine – a widely used herbicide linked to reproductive system issues
- Hexavalent Chromium – a deadly byproduct of industrial electrical power stations which has been linked to cancer
- PFC’s – a family of chemicals linked to liver damage, immune system damage, thyroid disruption, and cancer
In addition to this, over 80% of water systems in the US were found to have had amounts that vastly exceeded the FDA’S health guidelines for safe consumption. Over 19,000 public water systems also had lead levels that were considered harmful for babies, at above 3.9 parts per billion.
Thankfully, the EWG has created a public database (click here to try it) where you can enter your ZIP code to see what deadly chemicals are lurking in your tap water. Simply follow the link and punch in your ZIP code—you will immediately be shown information about what contaminants were detected in your drinking water, and how to safely filter them out.
Many folks may wonder how the government can get away with allowing so many dangerous chemicals, but according to Anna Hunt of Waking Times, it’s the stone cold truth:
In the U.S., the Safe Drinking Water Act of 1974 sets the national standards for drinking water. However, it’s been more than 20 years since the Environmental Protection Agency added any new contaminants or chemicals to the list of regulated pollutants defined under the act.
While the limits may be “legal,” they certainly aren’t healthy—and what’s worse is that bottled water isn’t any better. The EWG, the same group which conducted this tap water study, conducted a similar study on bottled water companies throughout the United States. They came to the following conclusion:
The bottled water industry routinely fails to provide information to consumers about the water’s specific geographic source, purification methods and the results of purity testing.
So if you can’t even used bottled water, what are you supposed to use? Numerous medical doctors, personal trainers, and health experts recommend that you use a filtration system—a proper reverse osmosis filter will remove 99.99% of carcinogens in your tap water.
Dr. Mercola, founder of the widely popular alternative health site Mercola, adds the following:
Many people drink water straight from their tap, assuming it to be safe. Unfortunately, just because it’s clear and tastes normal does not mean it’s pure.
Far from it, research conducted by the Environmental Working Group (EWG) revealed hundreds of contaminants coming out of the average U.S. faucet, many at levels above what may cause health risks but below the threshold of legal action.
More than 18 million Americans also receive drinking water from water treatment facilities that have violated federal drinking water rules for lead.12 And, in 9 out of 10 cases, the EPA has taken no enforcement action against the violators.
Disturbingly, many water treatment facilities are actually using incorrect testing methods to avoid detecting high levels of lead, which means the number of Americans drinking lead-contaminated water is likely even higher than that.
An estimated 16 million also have perchlorate — a chemical used in explosives and rocket fuel — in their drinking water.13
Further, the National Resources Defense Council (NRDC) put out a report that showed widespread atrazine contamination in drinking water, posing a “dangerous problem” that was not communicated to the people most at risk.14
There are multiple types of filters, but the most effective and long term cost efficient type is reverse osmosis filters. They do require some installation, but once installed are good for decades, with bi-yearly filter replacements.
Another option would be standing filters such as Berkey, which rely on gravity to filter tap water through a complex filtration device which removes 99.9% of all dangerous organisms, chemicals, and carcinogens.
It’s best to avoid Brita filters, according to experts—while they do filter out some chemicals, they leave the vast majority untouched, meaning that you could still be consuming dangerous carcinogens such as fluoride, chloride, and more.
Listed from least expensive to most expensive, here are some certified filters that you and your family can use to protect yourselves from these 267 contaminants:
- iSpring 5-Stage Reverse Osmosis Filter (installation required, but minimal maintenance)
- 2.25 Gallon Big Berkey (no installation required)
- Home Master TMULTRA Reverse Osmosis Water Filtration System (highest quality, removes 99.99% of contaminants, recommended for large families of 5+)
Unfortunately, due to misinformation and blatant lies, most people are unaware that their tap water could end up killing them later in life.
If you are elderly or have a young child, it is especially recommended that you purchase a filter or find a nearby spring to gather water from.
While not every single one of these carcinogens and tap water toxins will have life-changing affects, many of them are certainly linked to cancer, brain damage, birth defects, and other harmful medical problems. For this reason, we recommend that you do not consume tap or bottled water.
Once again, consumers are advised to type their ZIP code into the public tap water database provided to us by EWG, which can be found by clicking on this link. For more specific questions, you may contact your local water municipality.