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Water Contaminants

water_filter_office_1Drinking Water Contaminants
The Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC) indicates that millions of Americans drink tap water which may be contaminated with toxic or cancerous chemicals such as lead, arsenic, pesticides, Volatile Organic Compounds (VOCs), radioactive materials, and agricultural herbicides. Toxins enter the ground water by industrial processes and discharges from manufacturing facilities. Toxins leaching from hazardous waste sites and dumps also enter the ground water.
Some scientists estimate that approximately 560,000 people each year become sick from contaminated drinking water. Many of the toxins found in groundwater have been linked to the development of childhood cancers.1

According to the National Childhood Cancer Foundation, one in every 330 children in the United States develops cancer before the age of 19 and the rate continues to increase.2

EWG's National Drinking Water Database


EPA Drinking Water Website

American Water Works Association

Hexavalent Chromium, Chemical Found in Tap Water of 31 U.S. Cities.

Fracturing Natural Gas Wells Requires Tons of Chemical Liquids

Clean Water Action

Last updated 6-7-2016

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