This should not come as a surprise as more and more chemicals being studied by researchers have been found to have potentially harmful effects on humans. For information from the EPA press release click here.
Some of the latest contaminants targeted for regulation are perchlorates, a chemical that is produced naturally and increased from man made interference, and can effect hormone levels in pregnant mothers. Studies have shown that perchlorates can interfere with the thyroid gland and this is the main reason it is being regulated.
The EPA has decided to address 15 others contaminants at the same time, they usually only tackle 1 chemical at a time, in an attempt to make it more cost effective to enact regulations for safer drinking water. While this is certainly a step closer to safer drinking water as a whole, we should not have to wait for federal water safety regulations to have safe drinking water.
Warnings have been issued to boil water before using it for drinking or cooking due to flooding in parts of Massachusetts and Tennessee.
Please be sure to follow appropriate safety procedures if you live in an area where your drinking water has become contaminated. Here are some helpful tips to follow…
- There may be unknown contaminants in water that may or may
not be on list of impurities removed by an installed filter. Fridge
filters do not remove minerals, for example.
Immediately turn off water connection to fridge
- Replace all filters (faucet, fridge) that were installed when water went bad, after 'all clear' is given.
- Toss all ice as it may be contaminated.
For helpful instructions on emergency disinfection of drinking water you can visit the EPA website here.
In case you missed it, yesterday, March 22nd 2010 was World Water Day. The international observance of World Water Day is an initiative that grew out of the 1992 United Nations Conference on Environment and Development (UNCED) in Rio de Janeiro.
The focus of World Water Day is preserving the earth's water quality and controlling pollution. Even though the issues of water quality and quantity are critical to satisfying human and environmental needs they have received little support or public attention.
Clean water is essential for a healthy lifestyle. Even municipal sources provided by your water utility company have contaminants that effect the smell and taste of your tap water.
Let's work together for cleaner drinking water and a healthier world.