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Solving Water Safety Challenges with Whole House Filtration

Water is treated at the municipal level before it is sent to your home. This processing is reflected in your utility bill – including costs for chemical treatments and generic testing. However, municipal water is treated with chlorine to kill harmful micro-organisms and aluminum to clump together particles. The chlorine and aluminum used to treat the water is not stripped before delivery into the water system – despite studies showing overconsumption of chlorine and exposure to aluminum can be harmful.

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) regulates tap water in the U.S., but while there are legal limits on many of the contaminants permitted in municipal water supplies, more than half of the 300+ chemicals detected in U.S. drinking water are not regulated at all. In addition to the added chlorine and aluminum, current treatment does not eliminate common toxins including chloride, lead, iron, arsenic, copper and hydrogen sulfide.

According to Paul Pestano, a research analyst with the Environmental Working Group (EWG), some of the legal limits may also be too lenient for safety. Water utilities spend 19 times more on water treatment chemicals every year than the federal government invests in protecting lakes and rivers from pollution.

For several years, the EWG has argued that the federal government needs to perform a nationwide assessment of drinking water quality, and invest more to protect against water pollution, establish new safety standards and tell consumers about the full range of pollutants in their water.

As the government has not taken action on these initiatives, the EWG has created its own drinking water quality database, covering 48,000 communities in the U.S. Among the top rated water utilities are Arlington, Texas, Providence, Rhode Island, and Forth Worth, Texas. At the bottom of the list are Pensacola, Florida, Riverside, California and Las Vegas, Nevada.

Find out more about the safety of your municipality water through the EWG site by clicking here.