Do you know what you’re drinking when you sip water from your home faucet? When it comes to the quality of our tap water, concerns such as pesticides, chemicals, and other unwanted contaminants abound, forcing us to ask the question, “Is tap water safe?” Let’s take a look at the impurities that may be lurking when you turn on your water faucet.
To help combat tooth decay, fluoride has been added to domestic water supplies since the 1940s. While it’s a seemingly valiant effort, fluoride is a highly toxic neurotoxin that can cause harm to the thyroid and interfere with functions of the brain. Because of opposition from public health advocates, some U.S. communities have rejected water fluoridation.
According to the Center for Disease Control, there are unsafe amounts of lead present in the drinking water of many US states. Lead toxicity affects the neuromuscular system, with children being affected the worst. Exposure to lead can cause learning disabilities, behavioral and cognitive problems, and in severe cases, brain damage. Corrosion from older pipes can cause lead to leach into drinking water, so it’s recommended to have your levels checked regularly.
You may remember the carcinogenic chemical Chromium-6 or Hexavalent Chromium from the movie “Erin Brokovich.” Industrial processes like textile manufacturing and leather tanning produces the chemical, and reports show the chemical is contaminating hundreds of millions of American’s water supplies. The Environmental Working Group reports at least 138 New Jersey communities have the cancer-causing agent in their drinking water. The chemical has been connected to reproductive problems, liver damage, and developmental harm to fetuses.
A pollutant coming from both naturally occurring and industrial contamination, high levels of arsenic have been found coming out of many American faucets. Arsenic finds its way into the water supply through improper waste disposal and naturally from soil and bedrock. Acute arsenic poisoning can cause vomiting, nausea, abdominal pain, and in severe cases, death. Long-term exposure to arsenic has been linked to lung, skin and bladder cancers.
The presence of prescription drugs in ground water, wastewater, and drinking water has become a public health concern in recent years. Hormones, antibiotics, and mood stabilizers are among a few of the medications that have been found in water supplies. The synthetic and natural chemicals found in prescription medications can be excreted from urine, reaching the groundwater from sewage. Another possible route into the drinking water supply can be from patients flushing medications down toilets. The effects of drinking water contaminated with pharmaceutical drugs are not yet known.
So what’s the best way to make sure your family is drinking water that is free of chemicals and contaminants? Use a good quality filter to get the impurities out, or skip the tap altogether and get your drinking water from a trusted, filtered source. Watchung Beverage Delivery provides a convenient option delivering big water bottles, cases of bottled water, and water coolers. Check out our options here and happy drinking!