Have you ever wonder, the water coming from your tap is safe or just what that kinky smell is? Now you can find it out by just typing your Zip code. This new tool can help you to locate the quality of your drinking water.
A searchable online drinking water database was released by The Environmental Working Group (EWG) on July 26 which allows U.S. users to enter their local utility’s name or Zip code to determine the quality of tap water. The Environmental Working Group is an autonomous advocacy group placed in Washington that concentrates on environmental issues and public health.
The database contains conclusions from testing on drinking water by Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) from 2010 to 2015, which carry data from 50,000 public water systems across 50 states.
The search will expose a list of impurities found in the water, a short note about the health risk associated with the toxins. It will also give the information about the hidden source of pollutions, such as agriculture, industry run off, or simply by nature.
The level of impurities in drinking water managed under the federal safe drinking water act, and indeed, the environment working group says that most water utilities meet these regulations.
That means, there is much of chances that a tap water has the generous amount of agriculture and industrial contaminants that may cause cancer, nervous system and brain damage, or developmental defects. The heavy metals like arsenic and lead, chloroform, Uranium, nitrate, and chromium-6 the cancer-causing agents found in this new EWG database.
Just because your drinking water gets a passing degree from the government doesn’t mean it’s safe. The government only looks at the total amount of chromium levels, and this chemical has been associated with a tumor in animal and may increase a danger of stomach cancer. According to a database, this compound found in all the 50 states.
It’s time to listen to what scientists say about the effects of toxic chemicals and conserve themselves by using water filters. The new database also suggests about various types of water purifiers.
To know what’s in your tap water, checkout EWG’s Tap Water Database