September 2010 Issue

Tap Water Toxins: Fact or Fiction?

Ah, life-sustaining water. A cool, fresh drink to quench your thirst, hydrate your body and flush away toxins. At least 50 percent of your body weight is water; it protects your joints, maintains body temperature, transports nutrients and more. Even if you never ponder these critical roles for water, you probably know that you canít live without it. Recently, due to frequent reports of contaminated water, many Americans have become concerned about the safety of our water supply. Last year, the Environmental Working Group (EWG), a Washington, D.C.-based nonprofit organization committed to environmental safety, analyzed nearly 20 million water records from 45 states from 2004 to 2009 and found 316 contaminants in the statesí tap water.

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