What you need to know about tap water contamination

Posted November 10, 2018 11:33:49It seems like a simple question, but one that has become a huge concern to many, especially in light of the recent revelations about the chemical nature of tap water, which could be causing cancer and other health issues.

So what is tap water contaminating?

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) says it is safe to drink tap water.

So why should you care about it?

According to the EPA, tap water is considered safe if it meets all of the following criteria:1.

Is tested at least once per year for contaminants.2.

Is certified to meet the most stringent standards for cleanliness.3.

Has not been tested for chemicals used in making the water.4.

Is free of harmful bacteria, viruses and protozoa.5.

Is not used to produce drinking water or to treat or treatable illnesses.6.

Is non-toxic.7.

Is used to provide drinking water to residents of rural or low-income communities.8.

Has no detectable levels of harmful contaminants.9.

Has been tested in an independent laboratory.10.

Is subject to annual and/or annual and annual and annually testing, in a manner consistent with EPA regulations.11.

Has never been found to contain a harmful substance, except for a single, non-polluting chemical.

What do you need help with?

You can contact the EPA at 1-800-426-4236, or visit the agency’s website at http://www.epa.gov.