Nitrates Found in Drinking Water

Nitrates Found in Drinking Water

There has been a release of a new report from the Environmental Working Group that has shown a widespread contamination of nitrate pollution in the drinking water of the United States.

In a report released Oct. 2, 2018, the Environmental Working Group analyzed tests of public water systems and found that 1,700 communities across the United States regularly have nitrate levels that the National Cancer Institute says can increase the risk of cancer. Two-thirds of those systems, serving more than 3 million Americans, have no nitrate treatment process. Because of this it is important to have a water filtration system in your home as a barrier, says the Water Quality Association. WQA Executive Director Pauli Undesser has stated that a home filtration system can remove nitrates and other contaminants from the drinking water. The majority of nitrate contamination comes from animal waste or fertilizers. The federal Safe Drinking Water Act sets the legal limit for nitrate in drinking water at 10 parts per million, but recent National Cancer Institute research indicates that drinking water with more than 5 ppm or more of nitrate increases the risk of kidney, colon, ovarian and bladder cancers.

 

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Source: https://www.wqa.org/resources/news-releases/id/198/ewg-study-indicates-widespread-nitrate-pollution