Health & Fit Is Your Tap Water Safe To Drink? Find Out What's In Your Zip Code's Water

01:30  30 january  2018
01:30  30 january  2018 Source:   YourTango

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Is your tap water safe enough to drink ? How do you know for sure? Find Out Exactly What ' s In Your Zip Code ' s Water In Less Than A Minute.

What ' s in your drinking water ? The Environmental Working Group (EWG) released its new Tap Water Database today (July 26), a searchable database that allows users in the U. S . to enter either their ZIP code or their local utility' s name to learn what ' s in their tap water .

  Is Your Tap Water Safe To Drink? Find Out What's In Your Zip Code's Water © ShutterStock Have you ever filled a glass full of water from the kitchen sink and wondered whether or not your tap water is safe enough to drink?

I have. I grew up believing water from the garden hose was safe to drink. So, of course, tap water straight from the faucet had to be safe if your parents let you do it. There are plenty of parents who recall doing the same and thinking there wasn't anything wrong than good old tap water no matter what hose you got it from.

But, then, when I became a parent, I found myself boiling tap water before allowing my children to drink it. I knew that others had the habit of boiling water that came out of the sink as a habit. But I started to wonder how could clear and clean water straight from the tap be unsafe? 

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Ever wonder what ’ s really in your tap water , and whether it is safe to drink ? Now you can learn about every potentially harmful chemical in their drinking water and whether or not it is at a safe level in yours .

With EWG' s new Tap Water Database, simply by entering their zip code or local utility' s name, users will find all contaminants detected in tests by the utilities themselves and reported to federal or state authorities.

And how do you know when tap water isn't safe enough to drink? Not only is it safe to drink, but it might even be safer than drinking bottled water because it's regulated by the CDC. Bottled water may use chemicals in the plastic that can disrupt your hormones. But there are stories of local filtration plant fails and drinking water containing lead, too.

Not to mention water safety reports (like the sad water crisis in Flint, Michigan), that revealed local water provided by water filtration plants as full of contaminants, microscopic feces, and traces of drugs like birth control that had been flushed down the toilet?

This happens when there's damage done in the treatment plant, and so it's important to understand where your water comes from and the process that is involved in purifying tap water and getting it from plant to faucet. The idea that all drinking water provided for human consumption comes directly from natural sources is a myth. 

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The Environmental Working Group has released a new online tool on Wednesday that allows you to type in your zip code and find out what ’ s in your drinking “Just because your tap water gets a passing grade from the government doesn’t always mean it’ s safe ,” said EWG President Ken Cook.

Tap water safety in cities and countries all around the world.

Less than 1 percent of the water we receive from the tap comes from lakes, water reserves, or underground water sources.


Although the idea of water coming straight from a natural water source sounds healthy, it's actually not. In fact, it's dangerous. Natural water has hidden bacteria, disease, earth sediments and waste deposited by living and dead animals that live or use the water for bathing themselves. 

Not to mention humans who take liberties to use those same water sources while out in nature. 

Tap water is collected by water treatment facilities and turned into drinking water, and yes, it uses natural water, but there are other sources where they get H2O.

Local water plants depend on the water cycle to get H2O from private wells, ground and surface water. Then, these plants take collected water to prepare it for human consumption through a combined process of coagulation and flocculation. Part of this process is physically and chemically purifying water with chlorine, chlorine dioxide, and ozone, followed by ultraviolet light, electronic radiation, and heat in order to make tap water safe to drink.

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EWG’ s Tap Water Database, which allows you to enter your ZIP code to reveal what ’ s really in your tap water , is featured. While the Safe Drinking Water Act was put into place in 1974 to presumably keep Americans’ tap But finding out what ’ s really in your water , and taking steps to remedy it, is

Levels of contaminants in drinking water are regulated under the federal Safe Drinking Water Act or under state regulations, and indeed, the EWG found that the “vast majority” of water utilities meet these To learn about what ’ s in your drinking water , check out the EWG’ s Tap Water Database.

For families on a tight budget wondering if bottled water is a luxury item you might not need to afford—you may be surprised just how safe tap water is for your child (and you) to drink. 

The good news is that water treatment facilities are held accountable by government officials daily, and water quality testing is done daily. 

If you'd like to find out if your local tap water is safe enough to drink, enter your zip code HERE. 

Gallery: The 25 U.S. cities with the worst drinking water (courtesy Best Life) The 25 U.S. Cities with the Worst Drinking Water | Best Life: <p>In 2017, it’s not unusual to have a personal preference for water. Maybe you like a light mineral flavor or a mild earthiness. Or maybe you prefer sparkling. Whatever the case, chances are you don’t want anything that includes chemicals or carcinogens—the types of contaminants included in the Environmental Protection Agency’s “Unregulated Contaminant Monitoring Rule.” </p><p>While most municipal water sources in America have sterling track records of filtering out such nasty stuff, not all cities are great in this regard. Herewith, we’ve compiled the worst of the worst of the 200 largest cities in America. (Note the “largest;” hence no Flint, Michigan.) So read on to learn about the places where you may want to buy your own filter. And for the best of the best when it comes to tap water, check out the <a href=25 Cities in America with the Best Drinking Water.

Our Methodology: Our data includes areas with “pollution potential,” according to the Environmental Protection Agency, as well as the number of contaminants (such as chloroform, bromate, or trichloroacetic acid—all found to cause cancer) found in the local water, according to the Environmental Working Group. The “Dirty Water Score” was determined by calculating the number of contaminants found in the water of the city’s largest water utility, with greater weight given to those that exceeded the EWG’s health guidelines (established by a federal or state public health authority).

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