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  • Do you feel confident drinking water straight from the tap

  • or are you one of those that always pays extra to drink bottled water?

  • It can be confusing trying to figure out if there are things in your water that might

  • be harming you.

  • Well, let me break it down for you, because I'm talking all things...

  • Tap water.

  • While complaining about water quality seems like a first-world problem to many Americans,

  • the issue of water contamination should be a top concern for everyone.

  • The tragedy in Flint, Michigan is just one example of

  • how insufficient water treatment and old pipes led to

  • many Flint residents being exposed to high levels of lead.

  • Sure, that's one extreme, but how about regular metropolitan tap water,

  • like the one here in New York City?

  • You have to look at the source.

  • The best way to gauge whether your water is clean

  • is to understand the route along its way to your faucet.

  • Many chemicals, like chromium-6, mix into our drinking water from agriculture

  • or manufacturing.

  • Which is why it's important to know your city's contamination levels.

  • The easiest way to find them is by going on the Environmental Working Group's

  • independent testing website.

  • Or, if you don't trust them, by calling your public water utility.

  • Hello?

  • I have a question regarding the safety of my drinking water.

  • I searched my zip code and found that there were 6 contaminants above health guidelines

  • like chloroform and bromodichloromethane, both of which are known to be carcinogenic.

  • But does that mean we should ditch the tap for the bottle?

  • Nope.

  • The whole bottled water racket is mostly marketing.

  • Of course it sounds wonderful that your water came from

  • an aquifer deep in the Arrowhead mountains untouched except by fairies and unicorns,

  • bottled by hobbits in Central Valley, California.

  • But most bottled water is exactly the same as tap water.

  • Except you're paying a premium for it...

  • and wasting plastic.

  • The only time I'd suggest drinking bottled water

  • is if you don't trust your water source.

  • This can include traveling, reports of pipe bursts nearby,

  • or after a natural disaster.

  • Bottled water is regulated by the FDA, which doesn't require these companies to

  • reveal testing results,

  • but tap water is regulated by the EPA,

  • which regulates more than 90 contaminants

  • and must meet the standards of the Safe Drinking Water Act.

  • However, more and more counties are being caught

  • with tap water safety violations every year.

  • Sowhat's the best way to drink water?

  • Get a filter for your tap water.

  • And do your research when it comes to those, too.

  • Some get rid of surface level chemicals that affect

  • the taste and smell of water.

  • But others can filter out a lot more harmful contaminants.

  • Here's what you need to take away from this.

  • Bottled water is not as harshly regulated as tap water,

  • and tap water sometimes contains contaminants that are above the safety standards.

  • Do your body a favor and get a good filter.

  • They last a while and you can chug water down

  • without thinking twice about what you're putting in your body.

  • Stay hydrated!

  • Is this tap wat...!

Do you feel confident drinking water straight from the tap

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Is Tap Water Safe to Drink? - Sharp Science

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    Sandra posted on 2021/11/02
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