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EPA to Regulate Perchlorate and Toxic Chemicals in Drinking Water

2/2/2011 10:06:29 AM

Tags: drinking water, water quality, Environmental Protection Agency, perchlorate, water filters, Robyn Griggs Lawrence

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Reversing a Bush administration decision, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Lisa P. Jackson today announced the agency would develop a regulation for perchlorate, a chemical that may impact thyroid function. Monitoring data show more than 4 percent of public water systems have detected perchlorate and between 5 million and 17 million people may be served drinking water containing perchlorate. The agency is also establishing a drinking water standard to address up to 16 toxic chemicals, includes trichloroethylene (TCE) and tetrachloroethylene (PCE) as well as contaminants discharged from industrial operations, that may pose human health risks. 

“Clean water is critical to the health and prosperity of every American community and a fundamental concern to every American family,” Jackson said. “EPA is hard at work on innovative ways to improve protections for the water we drink and give to our children, and the development of these improved standards is an important step forward. Our decisions are based on extensive review of the best available science and the health needs of the American people.”

If you’re concerned about the quality of your drinking water and don’t want to wait for the government to take action, there’s plenty you can do. Check out Natural Home’s tips for finding the best water filter for your home and location. This fall I installed a 3M Full Flow Drinking Water System on my kitchen tap. I can replace the sleek canister myself, and 3M will send me an email reminding me when it’s time to switch it out. Our water tastes great—and I feel better knowing that it’s healthy. 

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Leeann Coleman
6/2/2011 2:24:32 PM
Just an FYI that the 3M water filter the author gives a free plug to does NOT filter perc from the water. Perc is a big problem in my local area - so bad that the DEP came in and installed city water lines in the affected area. Have your drinking water tested to make sure that what you are drinking is safe. Here in NJ, a safe drinking water test has become required in order to sell your house.

Robyn Griggs Lawrence
2/8/2011 7:57:48 AM
Hi, MJ...Further research by the Mother Earth News editors shows that boiling the water can actually concentrate the chemical because it doesn’t evaporate. Check out this link for more information:

Robyn Griggs Lawrence
2/7/2011 3:40:25 PM
Boiling water has not been proven effective in eliminating water contaminants. If you're concerned, the best option is a good filter.

2/7/2011 2:04:51 PM
have a question will boiling water for a few min, remove the harmful chemicals ?

Bob R
2/5/2011 12:22:25 PM
I have heard that coffee made with distilled water is not as tasty.

Ryan D'Esterre
2/3/2011 8:24:47 PM
I no longer worry about chemicals in the municipal water supply. I've been using a counter-top water distiller for about two years and absolutely love it! Distilled water is purest water you can consume, completely free of chemicals and inorganic minerals. You wouldn't believe the nasty residue left in the reservoir after distillation (vaporization and condensation)of tap water has taken place! It's really the only way to go. Plus, my distiller only cost $159(shipping included)! It pays for itself in a relatively short time when you consider the cost of filters and/or bottled water. Please, do not mistakenly assume that the inorganic minerals contained in tap water are necessary for your health. The truth is that the body cannot assimilate/utilize inorganic minerals. It can only use organic minerals found primarily in fruits, vegetables, and meat. Inorganic minerals may be deposited throughout the body and contribute to a number of ailments; one of the most common being arthritis. See Dr. Paul Bragg's book Water: The Shocking Truth That May Save Your Life for more info.

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