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Why you might want to filter your Water

“Government regulations focus on protecting us from the big health risks like waterborne bacterial diseases. The long-term health effects of chronic exposures to trace elements of contaminants in our drinking water are something we all need to take personal responsibility for” Amy Myers, MD.(1)

3 contaminants:

PFAS-
This is a class of about 5,000 chemicals that have earned the nickname of “forever chemicals” due to their ability to last a long time and not break down easily in the environment. The federal government has only set voluntary recommended guidelines for PFAS limits in water. Some states have taken it upon themselves to set lower limits. PFAS has been found in the water in 49 states.(2)

Lead-
A 2020 study showed lead detectable in 80% of tap water in the homes that were tested. 40% of those were above the limit set by the American Academy of Pediatrics. Lead is a concern for children and babies because lead is a neurotoxin that can accumulate in the body. Lead can be in tap water from the water supply, the plumbing in a house or from fixtures. It doesn’t only happen in older homes; 70% of the lead came from homes built after the year 2000.(3)

Arsenic-
Arsenic is naturally found in the earth’s crust. It also comes from the industrial and agriculture industries and is found in high concentrations in in the groundwater in several countries, including the United States. The EPA has set the legal limit at 10 ppb for arsenic in drinking water, while the California Office of Environmental Health Hazard Assessment determined that arsenic should ideally be below .004 ppb to reduce the lifetime risk of cancer.(4)

1.https://www.aquasana.com/info/top-10-contaminants-found-in-tap-water-pd.html
2.https://www.consumerreports.org/water-quality/why-dangerous-forever-chemicals-are-still-allowed-in-americas-drinking-water/
3.https://www.consumerreports.org/water-contamination/risks-of-lead-in-drinking-water-especially-to-bottle-fed-babies/
4.https://www.ewg.org/tapwater/reviewed-arsenic.php

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