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Drinking Water From Your Sink is Safer Than Bottled Water

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"Perrier got rich off the pretensions of small minded people who thought it set them apart from the unwashed masses. They ordered it in restaurants for the same reason they read books they don't like and go to operas they don't understand. They say to the waiter, "Perrier," to give a continental touch to their spaghetti dinner with all you can eat breadsticks." -- Harrison Ford --

The advertising of bottled water companies often implies that tap water is impure. Is your tap water safe to drink? Some people think that water straight from the faucet could contain chemicals that cause illness and even cancer, but it doesn't. Pesticides and other chemicals do not contaminate drinking water.

The Safe Drinking Water Act was passed by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to allow state governments to protect the public from water contamination by establishing limits for contaminants in water sources. The Safe Drinking Water Act has certain standards that must be followed nation wide to prevent drinking water contamination. For example, every water treatment plant must run tests for organic chemicals (anything containing carbon), inorganic chemicals (lead and copper), microorganisms, and radioactive elements. Also, the water has to be disinfected with either chlorine or ultraviolet light (Jackson). All of these tests have to meet the standards of the Safe Drinking Water Act.

Environmentalists have warned that relaxing the Safe Drinking Water Act, as well as other laws, would erode the cleanliness of the nation's waterways and put a strain on the quality of drinking water (Healy 56). The Environmental Protection Agency already has identified over 30 different categories of potential groundwater contamination sources (Drin...

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Tolman, Jonathan. America's Drinking Water Is Safe. Bender, David, ed.
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United States. Environmental Protection Agency. Drinking Water and Wells. 29 Nov. 2013.

United States. Environmental Protection Agency. Info for Owners of Private Wells. 30 Nov. 2012.

United States. Environmental Protection Agency. Safe Drinking Water Act. 2 Dec. 2001.

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