While the US has one of the safest public drinking water supplies in the world, testing by water utilities over the last eight years has identified over 300 pollutants in the tap water Americans drink. More than half of these chemicals aren't subject to government health and safety recommendations and can legally be present in any amount.
So how clean is the tap water where you live? Well, it depends. Water quality can vary from state to state-and even from city to city. Austin, Texas, for instance, has some of the safest water in the country, but Houston ranks 95th out of 100 for pollutants in its water supply.
Want to know how your water quality rates? Check out this drinking water quality analysis conducted by the eco-nonprofit Environmental Working Group and see what’s in your city’s drinking water.
I'll warn you…you might not like what you find out. A quick scan showed me that the water here in Apex, NC exceeds health guidelines for 8 different chemicals-including lead-and exceeds the legal limits for THMs-chlorination by-products known to cause cancer.
The good news? A simple water filter installed in your refrigerator or water line removes up to 99% of common contaminants. When changed every six months (or more often depending on your usage), your refrigerator filter protects you and your family from harmful chemicals in the public water supply.
By Becky Powell
Forget Pacquiao-Mayweather… All the best fights are happening right here at Fridge Filters as we put our favorite contaminants head to head in a Showdown For The Ages…The Slaughter in the Water!
This week, LIVE from Fridge Filters, it's an epic battle between two legends-
Industrial Contaminant C8
These invisible shrimp in New York City's tap water!
image via Gizmodo
(Crowd cheers wildly / cue Rocky theme song)
Introducing first: fighting out of the red corner is C "perfluorooctanic acid" 8. C8 is an carboxylic acid found in industrial waste, stain resistant carpets, Teflon cookware, and now–your water! Weighing in at 414.07 g/mol, C8 is a toxicant and a carcinogen! A previously unregulated contaminant, C8 just made the news as one of 30 new contaminants the EPA monitors in public water systems across the country. Water soluble, this contaminant is best removed with a Reverse Osmosis sytem.
Fighting out of the blue corner is the current, reigning, and defending Eww!Champion, Teeny "Tiny"
SHRIMP! Found in New York City's water supply, this microscopic crustacean stands at a whopping 1-2
millimeters long. Not to be confused with Sea Monkeys, this little bugger is completely harmless–unless you're a vegan or Orthodox Jew. Though it reigns supreme based on ick factor alone, just about any water filter will TKO Teeny Shrimp. (Sorry, little guys!)
image courtesy of Readers Digest
The title's on the line, folks! Who will be the winner? You can judge the match right here on the Fridge Filters' Facebook page.
LET'S GET READY TO RUMBLE!