BEACON TRANSCRIPT – You might think it’s safe to drink tap water but, if you live in Oregon, you might want to switch to bottled water. Recent research discovered that several water sources in the state were infected with contaminants which bring many safety issues.
‘Legal’ contaminants found in tap water
The nonprofit organization Environmental Working Group (EWG) has developed a study in which it analyzed how safe public tap water is, and what contaminants might be found in it. It also released an official database which you can consult yourself. If you enter your zip code, the service finds your local water source and tells you what contaminants might be hidden in it.
There is a list of harmful pollutants which are prohibited from being added to water, designed under the name Safe Drinking Water Act. However, no new substances have been added since 1996. The study discovered many harmful contaminants present in tap water, which means they are not on the list.
You can be more cautious with the water you drink
People don’t usually worry if their tap water is safe. Since it comes from a public source, someone else might be in charge of checking if everything is alright. People do check these water supplies, but they need to make sure they are in accordance with the federal regulations. Sometimes, these regulations might omit some of those contaminants.
The study revealed the Portland Water District contained two cancer-causing contaminants above the limits. Also, the Bangor Water District found six contaminants related to cancer, one of them being chloroform.
You shouldn’t worry, as the results don’t mean you will automatically fall ill after drinking tap water. However, you might take some precautions yourself. For instance, you can choose to install a filtration system, which keeps away all pollutants and offers you water of bottle quality.
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