The following is an excerpt from an article that appeared on the USA Today website on September 19th, regarding tap water in the United States:
By JOSHUA BOTE, USA Today, Sept. 19th, 2019
“A new report from an environmental advocacy watchdog group cautions that carcinogenic products in tap water may altogether increase cancer risk for thousands of U.S. residents over a lifetime.”
“In a peer-reviewed study published in the journal Heliyon Thursday, the Environmental Working Group (EWG) found that 22 carcinogens commonly found in tap water could cumulatively result in over 100,000 cancer cases over the span of a lifetime.
Although most tap water meets legal standards set by the federal government, EWG researchers found that contaminants present in tap water create a measurable risk for cancer.
“The vast majority of community water systems meet legal standards,” said Olga Naidenko, the vice president for science investigations at EWG, in a statement. “Yet the latest research shows that contaminants present in the water at those concentrations – perfectly legal – can still harm human health.”
An earlier study conducted by EWG found that a cumulative analysis of contaminants in California tap water found a heightened risk of cancer for 15,000.
Experts say that the risk of these carcinogens have been under debate for decades. They caution that the standards set for community water systems, which are regulated nationally by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), are complicated and require a balance between cost and safety.”