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Forget Bottled Water - Your Tap Water is Safe to Drink

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Forget Bottled Water - Your Tap Water is Safe to Drink


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.

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Tolman, Jonathan. America's Drinking Water Is Safe. Bender, David, ed.
The Environment: Opposing Viewpoints. Greenhaven Press, Inc. San Diego, CA. 1996.

United States. Environmental Protection Agency. Drinking Water and Wells. 29 Nov. 2001. http://es.epa.gov/oeca/ag/tdri.html

United States. Environmental Protection Agency. Info for Owners of Private Wells. 30 Nov. 2001. http://www.epa.gov/safewater/pwells1.html

United States. Environmental Protection Agency. Safe Drinking Water Act. 2 Dec. 2001. http://es.epa.gov/oeca/ag/ldwa.html

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