• Carly Monson

What's In Your Water?

If the Capital One commerical slogan "What's in your wallet?" came to mind you are not alone... corporate America strikes again.

No, this isn't about your wallet, this is about your water. If you drink tap water, have you ever thought about what might be in it? I know we put a lot of trust in our cities to take out everything that might not be so great for us, but after the Flint, Michigan disaster shouldn't we ask a few more questions about what's in our water? 

Here are some things that can commonly contaminate drinking water:

  • Pesticides/Herbicides

  • Solvents

  • Heavy Metals

  • Plastics

  • Chemicals from disinfecting process

  • Industrial waste byproducts

There are hundreds of different substances that fall under those categories... wouldn't it be  nice to know specifically what is in the water in your area? Well, turns out there's a fantastic resource for this. 

The Environmental Working Group has your answers. All you have to do is type in your zip code and see what comes up.

This is the list of what is in the water in my area:

Contaminants Above Health Line: 

  • Arsenic

  • Chromium 

  • Perfluorinated chemicals

  • Radiological contaminants

  • Total trihalomethanes

Other Detected Contaminants:

  • 1,1-Dichloroethane

  • 1,4-Dioxane

  • Bromochloromethane

  • Chlorate

  • Chlorodifluoromethane

  • Chromium

  • Haloacetic acids

  • Molybdenum

  • Nitrate

  • Strontium

  • Vanadium

I know what you are thinking... I don't even know what half (or any!) of those things are. Well luckily the site gives you the basic gist of what they are, the health effects, and exactly how much (in parts per billion) are in your water supply. Check out some snipets from the website. 

I highly encourage you to see what exactly is in your tap water! Click here to find out. 

If what you find concerns you, I encourage you to consider getting a water filter. 

P.S. Water filters aren't just for your drinking water! You can get shower and sink water filters as well. 

Disclaimer: I am not a physician or a health care practitioner. This site is not meant to provide medical or health advice of any kind. Do not misconstrue any information that you read here as medical recommendation, diagnosis or treatment. The information provided here on this site is intended to serve as a communication of my experiences and to share articles and public material pertaining to health that I come across. It should in no way be interpreted as medical advice of any kind.

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