In the United States, our municipal water delivery systems are overburdened by poor quality source water. The only way cities can meet the federal mandated water standards is by adding more chemicals, most often, chlorine (a well known carcinogen).
The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) rates and sets acceptable limits on huge amounts of impurities and (chemicals) in our national drinking water. However the EPA’s “approved levels” are unclear as to what toxicity levels (if any) are really safe.
July 5, 2013: State of California – Environmental Protection Agency
Office of Environmental Health Hazard Assessment – Safe Drinking Water and Toxic Enforcement Act of 1986
Chemicals Known to the State to Cause Cancer or Reproductive Toxicity:
Source of Document (as Pertains to Proposition 65) Found On Link:
A larger looming problem is the pharmaceutical drugs that are currently present in our water systems. Prescription medications have and are continuing to pollute our municipal water supplies. This is caused by human consumption of prescription drugs. It is a fact that our bodies absorb some but not all of these medications.
A large percentage of drugs pass through our bodies and are flushed away. Unfortunately, wastewater treatment facilities are not set up to remove drug residue. If you are drinking, cooking or bathing in tap or reverse osmosis water you are being exposed to other peoples medications.
“… Wastewater treatment facilities are not set up to remove drug residue …”
Medications pose a unique danger because, unlike most pollutants, they are designed to act on the body at extremely low concentrations. The EPA has no set safety limits for pharmaceuticals in water and there are no sewage treatment systems specifically engineered to remove drugs from our water.
According to a 2008 Associated Press investigation, a vast array of pharmaceutical drugs have found their way into our drinking water supplies. Recently, Philadelphia officials discovered fifty-six pharmaceuticals or pharmaceutical by-products in their treated drinking water.Bottled water (usually just filtered tap water) is even susceptible and may contain drug residues.
“The EPA has no set safety limits for pharmaceuticals in water …”