US EPA announces new restrictions on bottled water
AUSTIN, Texas — The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency announced Tuesday that it has temporarily banned bottled water from its shelves after a series of public health studies showed drinking water from tap water could cause cancer, diabetes, and other chronic diseases.
The agency said the ban applies to tap water that was produced and bottled before July 1, 2018, and is meant to help people with chronic health conditions, especially people of color.
The ban comes after health officials from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and other federal agencies have raised concerns about the health risks of drinking tap water.
The EPA said it was implementing the restrictions because of data indicating that drinking tapwater may increase a person’s risk of developing cancers and other health conditions.
The EPA’s temporary ban also applies to bottled water produced and sold after July 1 of this year.
Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) has called on states to reduce consumption of bottled water, which the agency says may contribute to the rise in obesity, diabetes and other diseases.
Drinking tap water from the tap, which is generally filtered before being bottled, may be linked to the growth of the tumors and other cancers, and to the increased risk of death from cancer and other conditions, the CDC said in a statement.
Since the ban was announced, states across the country have been testing their tap water supplies for contaminants, including lead, arsenic, and hydrogen sulfide.
Some states have said they are taking steps to reduce their use of bottled drinking water, including limiting consumption to a maximum of five liters per person per day and replacing it with non-chlorinated tap water with low levels of lead and other contaminants.