In the recent years, with the growing awareness of contaminants in drinking water in certain communities, it is only natural to wonder if that glass of refreshing water you pour on a hot summer day is safe to drink. Luckily, there is a new way to take out the element of uncertainty when it comes to your drinking water.

People who drink water provided by their local water utility can consult a newly updated online database to search test results from 50,000 water authorities, across the United States.

On the website, you can find your state and zip code and all the water authorities in that area are listed showing the concentration of contaminants that are found in that water supply. The database compares how test results for many pollutants line up with both legal standards and alternative, lower, “health” limits and includes information on 250 contaminants, not just ones that are regulated by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. A database user can click on a contaminant and see the legal EPA limit and the EWG health value.

Nneka Leiba, director of Healthy Living Science at EWG, believes that the EPA value is not helpful and that the “legal” limit does not necessarily mean that it is safe for the public. Ms. Leiba also states that problems with lead in the water is still present. 15 is the level that is set by the government for lead but even smaller levels still present a risk to cause health problems.

The EPA limits levels of specific organisms including animal and human waste, disinfectants, disinfection byproducts, inorganic and organic chemicals as well as radioactive elements. The EPA states that they develop criteria for determining when water has become unsafe for people and wildlife using the latest scientific knowledge. These criteria are recommendations. State and tribal governments may use these criteria or use them as guidance in developing their own. You can check out their website for more information regarding water quality criteria.

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