Report Finds “Probable” Carcinogens in Every Tap Water Sample Tested

Elizabeth Renter
September 27, 2013

One of the most important things you can do to stay healthy and feel good is stay hydrated. But in a world where so much of the water is contaminated by pollution or supplemented chemical treatments, it’s difficult to know where to get the best water. A report earlier this year from the Environmental Working Group found that tap water may not be your best bet—determining every water sample they tested, from 201 city water systems in 43 states, was contaminated with “probable human carcinogens.”

Image: Tap Water.

The report, Water Treatment Contaminants: Forgotten Toxics in American Water, highlights the dangers of American municipal water systems and the toxic chemicals that are added to the water to “treat” contaminants. Yes, the things they add to the water to clean it up are the very things we need to be watching out for.

Namely chlorine, a disinfecting agent added to water to kill disease-causing microorganisms, is reacting with organic matter like sewage, manure, fallen leaves, and the like, to create potentially toxic and harmful chemicals.

According to the EWG report:

“This unintended side effect of chlorinating water to meet federal drinking water regulations creates a family of chemicals known as trihalomethanes. The Environmental Protection Agency lumps them under the euphemism “disinfection byproducts” but we call them what they are: toxic trash.”

These resulting trihalomethanes are partially regulated by the EPA, but it’s regulation doesn’t do enough. For one, the agency only regulates four members of the trihalomethane family when there are hundreds in the water. And as for these four types of toxic chemicals, regulations still allow their presence in the water at harmful levels.

Video: This is What Your Tap Water Looks Like

Numerous studies have found these chemicals to increase the risk of bladder cancer. Right now, the EPA limits the amount of trihalomethanes to 80-parts-per-billion, though research has tied bladder cancer risk to much lower amounts.

For instance, a 2007 study in Spain found exposure to trihalomethanes as low as 35 parts per billion to be associated with an increased risk of bladder cancer. Also in 2007, researchers in Taiwan linked bladder cancer risk with levels of only 21 parts per billion. Of those water systems tested by the EWG, 168 had trihalomethane concentrations greater than 21 parts per billion. In 53% of those tested, the levels were greater than 35 parts per billion.

But, as the EWG reports, “trihalomethanes are just the tip of the iceberg.” More than 600 potentially dangerous chemicals are created when water treatment disinfectants react with pollutants in source water. These contaminants may be linked to birth defects, various forms of cancer, infertility, and more. Fluoride in particular has gained a lot of attention, mainly for it’s ability to reduce IQ.

Read: 4 Ways to Enjoy Clean Water Anytime

The best thing you can do for your own health and the health of your family is filter your water. The EWG provides a water filter buying guide that details everything from pitchers to whole home systems.

This post originally appeared at Natural Society
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Comment by mystery on December 17, 2013 at 10:57pm

Federal researchers detect 18 unregulated chemicals in U.S. drinking water

Comment by mystery on September 28, 2013 at 7:32pm

Zhivago I dont remember the name but I can find out about it if you would like me to. I can remember thinking I would keep this store in mind so I could purchase one in the future when funds allowed. 

Comment by Zhivago on September 28, 2013 at 11:52am

Raymond, thank you for your comments.  I will look up the information that you mentioned.

Comment by Zhivago on September 28, 2013 at 11:51am

Mystery, thank you for your comments.  What is the RO system that your fish store had?

Comment by raymond _______ on September 28, 2013 at 5:52am

Brilliant article well done.

Comment by raymond _______ on September 28, 2013 at 5:49am

Look up Dr Paul Nogier who proved homeopthy,Schauberger and Grander about memory transfer field effect. A chemical analysis is no good.Physicists are on the cutting edge they measure oscillation.Now you are on the track of waters secrets.........POW.

Comment by mystery on September 27, 2013 at 8:37pm
Zhivago, I know this may seem absurd to some but I was in my local fish store and was talking to them about how to clean the water so I would not have to let it sit before I used it, even though I draw my water from a well that punched through the ceiling of an old coal mine. Which means my water is pretty damn clean. They had a small RO system that I thought was pretty reasonable. You may find it to be reasonable enough for you and your family to purchase. Just a thought, it may help and may not, but it is a shot.
Comment by Zhivago on September 27, 2013 at 5:26pm

Yes, yet ANOTHER issue.  That's why, in my previous comment,  I said,

"On the other hand, even dealing with Spring water is taking a risk..."

I'd also mentioned that you can purchase an inexpensive testing kit.  Also, supposedly the government checks these springs every so often.  I'd read that somewhere.  I have no idea where (maybe online) one would go to find out how our...ahem...GREAT government rates a particular spring.

Until The Taelons [see, Earth Final Conflict] come to earth with an earth-water purification system for the planet, I see nothing one can do but take a chance. 

Even when you purchase the best on-the-counter water purification unit [Multipure], you still have the issue of fluoride.  It seems that the only way to eliminate everything, including fluoride, is to purchase and install a reverse osmosis system.  In answer to the controversial claim that RO removes minerals from water that are necessary for human health, The WHO (World Health Organization) claims that most of the minerals that the human body needs comes from dietary plant foods.

So, if I weren't poor, I'd purchase a reverse osmosis system, and just take my chances that the WHO is correct in its analysis.  But, I can't afford an RO system.  In fact, years ago I installed one in my apartment, but the water pressure in that area was not what it should be, and we had some problems. 

So, until I can afford an RO system, I'm going to continue taking my chances with the spring water from the spring we found at

If you're not concerned with flouride, then my suggestion is to purchase a countertop MultiPure unit.  That unit is a MUTHU and removes all the harmful contaminants.  To remove flurode also, though, you'd have to purchase their RO system, or an RO system of some type.

Yes, I'm aware that we have ROYALLY fucked up the water on this planet.  I've seen video documentaries that claim that NONE of our water is worth a shit.  So, I don't know.  It's a real problem.

I guess when Mother Nature gets tired of CANCERS [human beings] on this planet, she figures out a way to GET RID of those cancers.  LOL!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!   We can't escape, unless we make some BIG changes, and fast. 

My two cents.


Comment by mountain19 on September 27, 2013 at 2:40pm

spring water?  fracking!  let me know if you find natural non toxic water wont you?

Comment by Zhivago on September 27, 2013 at 2:16pm

I said "U.S. water" when I meant to say "tap water," in the previous post.

Comment by Zhivago on September 27, 2013 at 2:14pm

Well, my wife and I drive about an hour and ten minutes, round trip, to a natural spring to get our water.  We never use tap water. 

On the other hand, even dealing with Spring water is taking a risk, in part due to the mega-use of chemicals by Big Agri.  Water tables can be as long as a couple of states.  So, in one state Monsanto could be pumping water up to irrigate a mega form that is sprayed with chemicals, then those chemicals end up back in the water because of the irrigation.  Then that water, supposedly, will be polluted with those chemicals.

Weeeeeeeeel, maybe.  We just take a chance.  We found ourspring at  It's a great site.  The spring we use has been used for many years. Eastern Europeans represent the overwhelming majority of people that use the spring.  They are aware that U.S. water has fluride in it [yet another problem], and they refuse to drink U.S. wter. gives information about the safety of the water, as I recall.  Of course, you could purchase an inexpensive water testing kit to test the water for contaminants.  We have never tested it.  Foolish, perhaps, but we're satisfied.  I've noticed a profound increase in energy--something I'd not been looking to happen.

Findaspring sometimes gives GPS coordinates.  It will also give the location by intersection.  We trust our spring. 

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