What Exactly Is in Your Tap Water? Is It Safe to Drink?

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When we hear that the water available to us for consumption is safe to drink, we expect that said water is clean, drinkable, and safe for our families. Unfortunately, the reality is very different to the story being told.

The Environmental Working Group has collected data from almost 50,000 water utility services across the country to determine just how safe and clean the water running through your pipes are. The truth behind the safety of your tap water isn’t as clear as the water itself.

While the government has given most of the tap water available in the country a passing grade (concerning acceptable levels of heavy metals and other chemicals), you hold the power to decide for yourself whether these levels are truly safe for you—regardless of what the government says.

We took it upon ourselves to look into what exactly is in the tap water in Buffalo, New York, that the Government considers acceptable. The findings aren’t great, and here are the accepted contaminants in our water:

  • Bromodichloromethane
  • Chloroform
  • Chromium (hexavalent)
  • Dibromochloromethane
  • Dichloroacetic acid
  • Nitrate
  • Total trihalomethanes (TTHMs)
  • Trichloroacetic acid
  • Hormones

All the above, except for hormones, were linked to cancer. Tap water is essential for many reasons: nourishment for our bodies, growing food, and hygiene. Yet these acceptable contaminants can be shocking, including lead, cancer-causing chemicals, and in some cases, even radioactive elements. Visit https://www.ewg.org/tapwater/ and find your area to become better informed of what is in the water available to your home.

At the Environmental Health Center, our team is experienced in helping you identify the environmental effects on your health and finding ways to promote a long and healthy life—using safe and non-invasive methods. Dr. Kalpana Patel has literally written the book on environmental medicine, with a number of textbooks published that are studied by medical students around the world.

Contact us today to book a consultation and take charge of your health and that of your family.