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4 comments to “Report Points to Cancer Risk From Chemicals Used to Treat Drinking Water”

  1. Josie Delong

    I work with a group in our county,were trying to make our tap water safe because right now it is toxic. the levels of disinfectant byproducts are triple what standard levels Should be, What are health risk since they are do high? Our water is white, it fizzes, and smells like bleach and finger nail polish remover… Please help

  2. Jennifer

    The THM’s in our tap water is extremely high consistently. The Bromide level in the source water is above 15000 mg/L and when it hits the water treatment plant, it creates THM’s.

    You can learn more about it by going to a website called http://www.DirtySecretWater.com.

    What can people do when their drinking water is contaminated because their state government refuses to protect them from industry polluters?

  3. Why you need to filter your tap water | Anne Angelone | Paleo Breakthrough

    […] Chloramine is corrosive to pipes and increases exposure to lead in drinking water in older homes. Chloramine-treated water also should not be used in fish tanks, hydroponics, home brewing, or for […]

  4. susan k pickford

    “The answer is truly to have cleaner source water and put more resources into cleaning up source water to begin with.” – Which is why EPA should be aggressively encouraging the use of GAC (granular activated carbon) instead of pushing the use of chloramine in drinking water systems.
    Chloramine use creates a new family of nitrogen-based byproducts that are up to 100,000 times more toxic than the byproducts of chlorine (THMs and HAAs) . The byproducts of chloramine include NDMA, Hydrazine, Iodo acids and DXAA – which are known to break DNA and damage cells. Thousands of people in over 30 states have reported suffering acute health effects of chloramine exposure including persistent skin rashes/burns, digestive ailments and respiratory asthma-type ailments. Choramine and its unintended consequences were not adequately studied before EPA allowed its use in drinking water systems and EPA is failing to act to investigate the reports of health effects since the implementation of chloramine on a wide-spread basis.
    In addition, chloramine causes damage to pipes, leaches lead into the water, disintegrates rubber and elastomer gaskets and fittings, kills fish in the event of water main breaks and cannot evaporate out, be boiled out or be filtered out of the water.
    Removing organics from the water is the safest, healthiest, most environmentally sound and infrastructure friendly resolution of water treatment issues. It is affordable. Throwing yet another chemical into the water to counter the bad effects of the previous chemical treatment is not the answer….it is just another problem. See more at http://www.chloramineinfocenter.net, http://www.vce.org, chloramine.org.

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