You Have a Right to Clean Water
Take a moment to go to your sink and draw a glass of tap water.
What does it look like? Is it clear and free of particulates? Does it have a “funny” odor? Are there things in the water that you can’t even see, but should not be there?
Millions of Americans ask these questions every time they turn the tap. Water quality is one of the most important public health issues in the country. And the problem is particularly acute on Cape Cod.
A Common Problem
Almost all drinking water contains some impurities, whether natural, such as minerals, or man-made, such as chlorine. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has set standards for more than 80 primary contaminants that may occur in drinking water and pose a risk to human health. These maximum contaminant levels are the limits established for safe drinking water.
Drinking water may also be affected by secondary contaminants. These contaminants are not regulated to the same degree as primary contaminants. And there are still other contaminants that are not yet tested for at all.
Some contaminants in water can make you sick, either immediately or through continued exposure. Young children and the elderly are particularly susceptible to the effects of high levels of certain contaminants.
What’s in the Water?
Testing on water from across Cape Cod has revealed the following contaminants:
- Dissolved solids including lead, arsenic, nitrates and perchlorate
- Volatile organic compounds (VOCs) including benzene and MTBE
- Microbiological contaminants (bacteria, e. coli)
- Iron from rusting pipes
- Prescription drugs that have been improperly discarded
What Can You Do?
The safest, most convenient solution is to install a water filtration system in your home. Today’s filtration systems are excellent at capturing and removing everything from chemical pollutants to particulates.