How safe is your water? Check EWG's database by zip code

Barsaba Taglieri
Luglio 27, 2017

"People assume because they are on a public water supply, that somebody else is testing, somebody else is treating their water".

Most of this water is officially approved by federal and state agencies, but the problem is that while numerous 250-plus contaminants the organization found are legal under the Safe Drinking Water Act, they are much higher than the levels scientific studies recommend. The Environmental Working Group's (EWG) new Tap Water Database reveals what's really happening in your pipes - and the potential contaminants that might be lurking there. It gives people the ability to learn about the potentially harmful chemicals in their drinking water that scientists believe could have additional risks, despite meeting water regulation requirements.

But if you live in East Los Angeles, you should definitely buy a water filter. Only one contaminant was detected that exceeded recommendations in 2015, EWG said.

Overall, Leiba said that the database reveals "shocking" amounts of chemicals in the nation's water supply.

Despite the report, Citizen's Energy Group remains firm that the water the provide the city is safe and any contaminants found are well below federal standards. Many of them, like GenX and 1,4-Dioxane, have been found in public drinking water supplies, including the finished drinking water of residents in New Hanover and Brunswick Counties.

Data compiled by EWG shows that between 2010 and 2015, almost 19,000 public water systems had at least one detection of lead at levels that could pose a risk to bottle-fed infants.

Shocking statistics, but the good news is that you can use a filter to remove most of these chemicals from your water, and the website contains a very detailed list of which filter is right for you.

The new national drinking water guide is the latest in a long line of large database projects from EWG that have helped shape federal policy debates and shifts in industry behavior alike.

In my zip code, levels of hexavalent chromium, also referred to as chromium-6 and known to cause cancer (pdf), are at double the rate deemed safe by California's guidelines (no legal limit exists).

What is legal is a different story, said Dr. Andrews.

The Christian Post reached out to the EPA for comment Thursday and was directed to Joseph Tiago, physical scientist in the Drinking Water Protection Division, but he was not immediately available.

Analyzing EWG's findings at the local level, Cape Fear Public Utility Authority had 10 chemical compounds in the water which have been linked to cancer or have been found to cause harm to the immune system.

And the heavily lead-polluted drinking water in Flint, Michigan, has become the highest profile among several water quality problems across the country. To further reduce formation of the chemicals, she said, Charlotte Water uses flushing devices in its 4,200 miles of water lines and operates its elevated storage tanks at lower levels in summer.

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