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Report Finds “Probably Carcinogenic” Chemicals in All Municipal Water Samples Tested

Report Finds “Probably Carcinogenic” Chemicals in All Municipal Water Samples Tested

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  • Environmental Working Group (EWG) just released a report finding “probable human carcinogens” in every single municipal water sample tested, from 43 different states across the United States
  • Chlorine and other water treatment chemicals react with ordinary organic particles in the water to create hundreds of extremely toxic byproducts (disinfection byproducts, or DBPs), which aren’t regulated at all
  • Some DBPs are 1,000 times more toxic than chlorine and include trihalomethanes, VOCs, and haloacetic acids; trihalomethanes are linked with bladder cancer, miscarriages and stillbirths, among others
  • Some of the most dangerous DBPs come from water treated with the disinfectant chloramine; nitrosamines, for example, are 1,0000 times more toxic than chlorine
  • EPA regulates only nine of the more than 600 DBPs generated by chlorine and chloramine water treatment; farming is a major source of organic pollution in drinking water and a major contributor to DBP formation

By Dr. Mercola

The Environmental Working Group (EWG) has once again released a report that should grab your attention. After analyzing water samples from 201 municipal water systems from 43 states, EWG found chemicals considered “probable human carcinogens” in every single water system they tested.


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