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Is my tap water contaminated?

The simple answer is yes. There is no water source in the US today that is completely contaminant free. A more accurate question to ask yourself is, “Does my water contain harmful contaminants?” This is a very difficult question to answer because of the following reasons:

  • Water quality can vary from day to day, thus if you get your water tested, it is only a “snapshot” of a single moment.

  • There are many contaminants that have unknown effects upon our health, thus they are not listed as “harmful”, even though they may be harmful. Every year this becomes a more serious problem because of the increasing number of chemicals put into the environment.

  • While there can be potentially thousands of contaminants found in drinking water, the Safe Drinking Water Act requires that water treatment facilities conduct tests on only a few over 100 possible contaminants to determine whether water is suitable for drinking.

  • Even with fairly lax water quality regulations, it’s estimated that one in five municipal water treatment facilities did not meet the safe drinking water standards for microbial contamination.

So the answer to the question “Does my water contain harmful contaminants?”, is that it’s very difficult, if not impossible to know whether your water contains harmful contaminants at any given time.

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