EWG's NEW tap water database is here. I originally wrote this article in July 2019, and have just updated it to reflect the new data from Des Moines Water Works.
Many people drink tap water straight from their faucet, but did you know there are several contaminants in our tap water? Specifically, for Des Moines, Iowa, I did a quick check on the EWG’s (Environmental Working Group) website which has systematically run water tests and checks throughout Greater Des Moines and the rest of the United States, and it was found that there are approximately seven (7) contaminants within our Des Moines Water Works water supply which, while don't meet EWG (Environmental Working Group) guidelines, are still present in our water, and there are around 10 other detected contaminants in our tap water!
Out of these seven (7) contaminants that exceed standards in our tap water, ALL of them are known to increase the risk of cancer. Again, this is all stated in the EWG website. I find this to be a unique tool: all you have to do is click here, punch in your zip code, and it will bring up the results of the water quality tests completed in that area. While Des Moines, IA is in compliance with legally mandated federal standards, there is still one obvious fact: we still have contaminants in our tap water!
What kind of contaminants are in our tap water?
According to the EWG website, these are the following contaminants in Des Moines, Iowa's water supply which include the eleven ones that exceed health guidelines at the top of the list and the rest that are simply detected in our water supply:
Other contaminants detected:
It's difficult to prioritize the damage and health threat among these contaminants because they are all detrimental to our health, and when combined together day-after-day, the toxin burden to our bodies can cause real damage.
The research is profound. Let's look at nitrates alone. According to the Iowa Environmental Council, Iowa nitrate levels are killing us. The top health effects of nitrates in drinking water include:
In June 2019, a EWG peer-reviewed research study estimated cancer cases in each state in America. In Iowa, 300 cancer cases per year are estimated to be directly-related to nitrates in our drinking water. Study here.
Beyond nitrates, disinfectants like chlorine used to treat drinking water can react with algae to form byproducts, such as trihalomethanes. These are linked to rectal, bladder, and colon cancers; reproductive health, liver, kidney, and central nervous system problems.
How to Clean Dirty Tap Water in Des Moines, IA
Luckily for us residing in Greater Des Moines, and the United States, there are many ways we can clean dirty tap water and rid our homes of gross bacteria and other contaminants which could be harboring in your water.
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