How Clean is Your Tap Water?

Recently, the New York Times started an investigation on the quality of tap water here in the United States with a series of articles. After receiving a Clean Water Filtration Unit from Cuisinart I became curious about the health and safety of our drinking water.

Contaminants are dumped into our drinking water from a number of different sources each day. Coal burning power plants are cleaning their chimneys with scrubbers and water in attempt to trap pollutants before they are released into the air. Then they are left with waste water. The federal government does not have any regulations as to what they can do with this waste water so the power plants are dumping it into the lakes, rivers and streams. This water then leaks into the groundwater and gets into our drinking water.

According to the New York Times, “The Environmental Protection Agency projects that by next year roughly 50 percent of coal-generated electricity in the United States will come from plants that use scrubbers or similar technologies, creating vast new sources of waste water.”

In Brown County, Wisconsin, run off from dairy farms is seeping into the groundwater and contaminating residents’ well water. The contaminants, including bacteria and E. coli are causing residents to have chronic diarrhea and ear infections. Farm runoff is not regulated by the government.

How can you find out if your water is safe? In 2005, the Environmental Working Group (EWG) released a report concluding a two and a half year investigation of water suppliers’ tests of the treated tap water served to communities across the country. The report states that, “In an analysis of more than 22 million tap water quality tests, most of which were required under the federal Safe Drinking Water Act, EWG found that water suppliers across the U.S. detected 260 contaminants in water served to the public. One hundred forty-one (141) of these detected chemicals — more than half — are unregulated; public health officials have not set safety standards for these chemicals, even though millions drink them every day.”

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On their website, EWG provides a tool that you can use to find out what chemicals and contaminants are in your drinking water. I was shocked when I found out what is in the water here in Sacramento. The water was tested from 1998-2003 and they found it contained 17 pollutants, including 3 unregulated contaminants. The total pollutants found were, Arsenic, Barium, Chromium, Nitrate, Sulfate, Chromium (hexavalent), Propachlor, Chloroform, Bromodichloromethane, Total trihalomethanes (TTHMs), Tetrachloroethylene, Radium-228, Tritium, Alpha particle activity, Strontium-90, and Gross beta particle activity (pCi/L).


Exposure to these chemicals can cause serious health problems. Arsenic has been known to lead to cardiovascular problems, kidney failure, liver disease and skin irritations. Barium exposure can damage your reproductive system and your child‘s development. Exposure to Chromium may cause cancer, can lead to skin irritations, liver, kidney and reproductive damage.

Using home water purification systems can keep your family safe from these harmful contaminants. The Cuisinart Clean Water Counter top Filtration System is small, quiet and easy to use. It is convenient for home or office. All you do is pour your water through the top an it filters out all the chemicals. You can dispense hot, cold or room temperature water. And the water tastes clean and crisp. My family could tell the difference between the clean filtered water and our regular tap water right away. I’ve also found an improvement in the flavor of my coffee and tea after making it with the filtered water. Now that I am using the Cuisinart Clean Water Filtration System my family is protected from harmful chemicals while enjoying more flavorful water.

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  • Andrea , October 15, 2009

    That is so scary!!! We drink filtered water and have one on our shower, but with all of the “stuff” in it who knows what is still getting through.

  • blueviolet , October 15, 2009

    Sometimes I do worry about that!!!

  • ladyviral , October 16, 2009

    I have filters at home. One outside and another by the kitchen sink. Double the filter. If we don't filter water now a days.. you will see all the rust in the water coming in :(.

  • TC , October 16, 2009

    Hey Cascia. We finally received the bottle of Smelly Washer and my wife says she loves it. Thanks again.

    Regarding your post. I have been speaking about this for a long time including the opening chapter in my book Live Smart where I write extensively about the problems with the water supply today and it's implications on health. This also included information on water filtration. We use filters and exclusively take filtered water from home in stainless steel containers. I am glad that you did a post on it because you have such a large and growing readership that will help to increase awareness of these issues. Thanks again and nice job.

    You and your readers will enjoy my post on this topic from back in May. It is even more eye opening as to further disarray with the water supply and bottled water. What You Don't Know About Your Water Is Killing You?

  • prerna , October 16, 2009

    Oh yeah.. Imagining the kind of contaminants **shuddering** We do have a water filter for drinking water but not on the shower.. Guess should get one.. Thanks for highlighting this..

  • BabyBumpFitness , October 16, 2009

    Thanks Cascia, we are actually in the process of getting our UV lake filter inspected, good to know about the cuisinart.


  • Michael , October 16, 2009

    Test your water at home with this easy kit.

  • Tina , October 19, 2009

    i like the idea of the filters. i am always cautious of tap water especially after seeing how its recycled again yuk!

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