Drinking water contains more than 2,100 toxic chemicals that
can cause cancer.
--Ralph Nader Research Institute
The following report summarizes factual information on
tap water quality and the effects of tap water on human health.
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information and consider the facts. We are not trying to scare
you, we are only trying to inform you of the threats to our
environment and health that became the driving force behind the
formation of our company. Increased awareness of this serious
issue can only benefit us all.
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The causes of tap water contamination are many, ranging from
agricultural runoff to improper use of household chemicals and
everything in between. Few of us realize the extent or impact of
these low level synthetic chemicals in the water we use. While
the standard use in our society of over 80,000 different
synthetic chemicals has led to added convenience and
productivity in our lives, these come at a tremendous price... drastic
increases in degenerative disease.
In the early 1900s, before the prevalence of chlorine,
pesticides, herbicides and the tens of thousands of other
chemicals that we are exposed to every day, the average American
had a 1 in 50 chance of getting cancer, today one out of three
people can expect to get cancer in their lifetime, one out of
Our use of man-made chemicals has become so extreme that we can
now find traces of these low level SOCs (synthetic organic
chemicals) in virtually every public water supply around the
world. A recent report by the Ralph Nader Study Group, after a
review of over 10,000 documents acquired through the Freedom of
Information Act, confirmed that "U.S.
drinking water contains more than 2,100 toxic chemicals that can
We've learned that any chemical we use in our society will
eventually wind up in our water supply. There is no "new" water!
Our planet reuses the same water over and over. And as our use
of SOCs increases, so does the toxicity of our water. Earth's
natural filtration process is not effective at removing these
toxic SOCs, nor is municipal water treatment. Industry,
agriculture and individuals all contribute to the problem. Many
of the contaminants found in water can be traced back to
improper or excessive use of ordinary compounds like lawn
chemicals, gasoline, dry-cleaning solvents and cleaning
Once we realize that everything that goes down the drain, on
our lawns, on our agricultural fields or into the environment by
any means eventually winds up in the water we drink, we begin to
see just how vulnerable our water supply really is.
Our municipal water treatment facilities do
not remove SOCs and
typically consist only of sand bed filtration and disinfection,
like a standard swimming pool filter. For the most part, today's
water treatment facilities are much the same as they were at the
turn of the last century: they filter out the visible particles
and add bleach!
"Drinking water plants are old and out of date, and water
supplies are increasingly threatened by and contaminated by
chemicals and microorganisms.," Natural
Resources Defense Council.
"The way we guarantee safe drinking water is broken and needs
to be fixed," Carol Browner, U.S. EPA chief.
One of America's leading authorities on water contamination, Dr.
David Ozonoff of the Boston University School of Public Health
states,"The risk of disease associated with public drinking
water has passed from the theoretical to the real."
Many illnesses that in the past could not be linked to a
probable cause have now been linked to toxins in our drinking
"While levels of these carcinogens (SOCs) in drinking
water are low, it is precisely these low levels that
carcinogenists believe to be responsible for the majority of
human cancers in the U.S.,"
U.S. Council on Environmental Quality.
The use of pesticides and herbicides has become so excessive
that they are now commonly found in household tap water and
bottled water with
A 1998 study of 29 major U.S. cities by the Environmental
Working Group found that all 29 cities had traces of at least
one weed killer in the drinking water. The report titled "Weed
Killers by the Glass" went on to say that "millions
of Americans are routinely exposed to one or more pesticides in
a single glass of tap water."
These first ever tap water testings found two or more pesticides
in the drinking water of 27 of the 29 cities, three or more in
24 cities, four or more in 21 cities, five or more in 18 cities,
six or more in 13 cities, and seven or more in the tap water of
five major U.S. cities. In
Fort Wayne, Indiana, nine different pesticides were found in a
single glass of tap water!
As a startling side note, it was reported that in these 29
cities, 45,000 infants drank formula mixed with tap water
containing weed killers and that"over half of these infants
were swallowing four to nine chemicals in every bottle!"
The tragic health effects of consuming these highly toxic
chemicals are magnified many times over for small children
because their systems are more sensitive and still developing.
Small children also consume a much larger volume of fluids per
pound of body weight and therefore get a bigger dose, yet none
of these factors are considered when the EPA's maximum
contaminant levels are set. The National Academy of Sciences
issued a report in 1993 on this subject, stating "children
are not little adults" and
their bodies are less developed and simply incapable of
detoxifying certain harmful compounds.
Another major flaw in the estimated risks of chemicals in our
drinking water is the false assumption that only one chemical is
being consumed. The regulations are set based on what is assumed
safe for a 175-pound adult drinking water with only one chemical
present and do not take into account the combined toxicity of
two or more chemicals.
In a 1995 Science Advisory Report to the EPA, it was stated that "when
two or more of these contaminants combine in our water, the
potency may be increased as much as 1,000 times!"
It has been shown that areas with the highest levels of SOCs in
their water supplies also have the highest incidence of cancer.
Jacquelyn Warren of the Natural Resources Defense Council
commented on the subject, "The
one thing we know for sure about toxins in our drinking water is
that the more we look, the more we find."