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Do You Know About these 12 Toxins in Your Tap Water?

When you turn on the faucet for a drink or to make up a baby’s formula bottle, do you think of what harmful toxins might be in that water? Tap water has been found to contain many chemicals and impurities. These toxins are 12 of the most dangerous.


While it affects everyone, lead is particularly harmful to children. It can hinder their brain development and cause behavioral problems, stunted growth, and low IQ. Lead has been widely used in indoor plumbing, including faucets, pipes, and solder in homes built before 1986. As these components gradually corrode, lead leaches into your drinking water.


Chlorine is a powerful disinfectant. Because of its highly toxic nature, it is effective in killing off microbes that cause water-borne diseases. The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) say that chlorine is the most widely-used water-purifying chemical in the US. However, chlorine reacts with other compounds in water to create by-products that can be very harmful. These so-called disinfection by-products have been coming under increasing scrutiny and may be cancer-causing.


In a bid to combat tooth decay, the federal government of the 1950s adopted a policy of adding fluoride to drinking water. CDC statistics show that fluoridated water reaches over 61 percent of the US population. Much of the world is so skeptical of mass water fluoridation that several countries have rejected it outright. Children exposed to excessive amounts of fluoride may develop problems with their teeth and bones.


Mercury exists naturally in ore deposits. This highly-toxic metal can can enter your drinking water through erosion of these deposits, from factory waste, and from landfill sites. The effects of mercury poisoning include brain impairment and kidney damage.


According to the World Health Organization, the United States is one of several countries which has dangerous levels of naturally-occurring arsenic in its groundwater. In addition to this, arsenic is used in several industries. If waste is not disposed of safely, this arsenic may find its way into the water supply. High levels of arsenic cause death and smaller amounts lead to a range of health problems including damage to blood vessels, nausea, and vomiting.


DDT, or dichlorodiphenyltrichloroethane, was once widely used in the US to destroy disease-carrying insects and as a pesticide in homes and farms. It was banned in 1972 after being shown to cause cancer in humans and for its devastating effect on wildlife. Although DDT has not been regularly used for a while, some amounts remain in soil and river sediment.


Dioxins refer to hundreds of related toxic man-made chemical compounds that have similar characteristics. Dioxins are mostly produced as by-products of waste burning and other industrial processes. When ingested, dioxins can cause reproductive problems, cancer, and damage to the immune system. Dioxin gets into drinking water when factory waste contaminates water bodies. Dioxins take a long time to break down, and much of the dioxin currently in the environment was released decades ago.


Perchlorate is a chemical that interferes with the thyroid gland. Its hindrance of thyroid hormone in growing children and fetuses may lead to low intelligence. Some perchlorate compounds occur naturally, but many are used in rocket propulsion, fireworks, matches, signal flares and vehicle airbags. The EPA determined in 2011 that perchlorate is found in some drinking water and has started measures to regulate it.


Methyl tertiary-butyl ether (MtBE) is added to gasoline compounds to enable it to burn better and more efficiently. Unfortunately, although it helps reduce vehicle carbon emissions, MtBE is readily dissolved in water and easily contaminates drinking water through gasoline spills and leaking underground tanks. Use of MtBE is now on the decline, but the danger persists in places where it has entered the public water supply.


Polychlorinated Biphenyls (PCBs) are highly-toxic man-made chemicals. There is strong evidence that they can cause cancer and other negative health effects in humans. From the 1920s until production was banned in 1979, PCBs were used in hydraulic equipment, paints, rubber and electrical conduction. They are still present in products that were made before the ban. PCBs may find their way into drinking water through unsafe waste disposal.


Hexachlorobenzene (HCB) is a powerful fungicide that was once used to treat wheat, barley and oats. Its use was phased out in the 1970s when HCB’s toxic effects on humans and the environment became clear. It is known to cause cancer in animals and is strongly suspected to pose a similar threat to humans. HCB takes a long time to break down and, despite the ban, remains in the environment.


Dacthal, also known as dimethyl tetrachloroterephthalate or DCPA, is in use as a herbicide, meaning it’s being put out into the environment. Tests on animals indicate that dacthal causes tumors.

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