Tap Water: Not the Answer

Is tap water good for you to drink?

Maybe, but probably not. You may be drinking pesticides, herbicides, industrial solvents, gasoline additives and other synthetic and organic compounds that are health hazards.
You are most certainly drinking chlorine or another chemical disinfectant.

No matter what disinfection method, your treatment facility uses, you are definitely drinking disinfection byproducts, known as THMs. They are human carcinogens.

As for taste, chlorine ruins the taste of coffee, tea, beverages and other foods. It’s also a type of saline, so it affects the saltiness of the foods which can contribute to high blood pressure.

Furthermore, there may be tiny parasitic cysts in your water that can cause illness or even death, because cysts are resistant to public disinfection methods. The EPA warns that you can consume cysts any number of ways including brushing your teeth or by washing fresh fruits and vegetables.

In an unprecedented analysis of 20 million tap water quality tests performed by water utilities between 2004 and 2009, Environmental Working Group (EWG) found that water suppliers detected a total of 316 contaminants in water delivered to the public. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has set enforceable standards for only 114 of these pollutants.

Another 202 chemicals with no mandatory safety standards were found in water supplied to approximately 132 million people in 9,454 communities across the country. These “unregulated” chemicals include the toxic rocket fuel component perchlorate, the industrial solvent acetone, the weed killer metolachlor, the refrigerant Freon and radon, a highly radioactive gas.

“The nation’s tap water has been compromised by weak federal safeguards and pitiful protection of drinking water supplies,” said Jane Houlihan, Senior Vice President for Research at EWG.