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Contamination: How Serious Is It?

Even if your drinking water looks, tastes, and smells good, chances are you can't tell if the water you depend on may contain one or more contaminants. 
Here's what you're up against: 

FACT: Millions of private and public wells have never been tested for contamination, but a five-year, $12 million; nationwide survey was conducted by the EPA and released in 1990. Based on that survey, the EPA estimates that 10.4% of community wells and 4.2% of natural domestic wells have detectable levels of at least one pesticide. 

FACT: The U.S. Geological Survey has pinpointed sources of contamination in every state.

FACT: Even bottled water isn't necessarily without contamination. Some bottled water isn't always regularly monitored. In 1990, a bottled water survey by the Suffolk County, New York, health department tested bottled water sold in the county and found that 9 of 88 brands tested did not meet state and federal drinking water standards. 

FACT: Approximately 75% of U.S. households have chlorinated water. 1987 a study sponsored by the National Cancer Institute, the Food and Drug Administration, and EPA found increased risk of bladder cancer with the long-term consumption of chlorinated drinking water. This is believed to be associated with the formation of disinfection by-products in water from chlorine, such as THMs. 

FACT: According to EPA estimates, 40 million Americans are exposed to levels of lead in water well above the EPA's proposed maximum contaminant allowances. 

FACT: Virtually everyone has some level of radon in their water. The national average is 200 to 600 picocuries per liter. At these levels, scientists estimate the risk of developing cancer from radon ingestion is greater than the risk of cancer from most other regulated contaminants found in drinking water at the maximum levels allowed by the EPA! 

FACT: Giardia lamblia cysts have become the most common cause of waterborne disease in the United States. Although reporting is voluntary, more than 23,000 cases of Giardia lamblia caused disease were reported between 1960 and 1980. It also appears that the rate of outbreaks is increasing. 

FACT: Major outbreaks of disease caused by Cryptosporidium oocysts were reported in Texas in 1985, in Georgia in 1987, and England in 1989. A limited sampling of western U.S. waters found Cryptosporidium oocysts in 28% of treated drinking water samples evaluated. A study of eastern U.S. waters showed these oocysts present in 11 of 28 of the treated water samples.


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