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EWG: New Drinking Water Research
December 16, 2009, 10:15 am
Filed under: News

Are you confident that your drinking water is safe? Ever wonder if you should filter it?

These are vital questions that EWG’s new drinking water research and searchable guide will help you answer. We are the only ones who have put together a nationwide database of drinking water test results. The information is so important — and unique — that The New York Times asked to use it in reporting its current series on what’s wrong with America’s drinking water.

EWG spent three years analyzing the results of almost 20 million drinking water tests from water utilities. They detected 316 pollutants in water supplied to Americans since 2004. More than half are completely unregulated, and more than 130 turned up in amounts exceeding official health-based guidelines.

The good news? When the Environmental Protection Agency sets mandatory water quality standards, the tests show that local water suppliers meet them 92 percent of the time. The bad news? The standards need to be much tougher to protect children and pregnant women, and the EPA hasn’t set a single new drinking water standard since 2001.

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