Tap water from 48,000 public water utilities was found to contain multiple cancer-causing agents from arsenic, dioxane, chromium 6 to nitrates, according to a researcher with the Environmental Working Group.
Researchers published the findings of their five-year study in an online database, searchable by zip code or a local utility’s name, with findings on tap water in public water systems in all 50 states.
A search under the New York City zip code 10017 and found tap water contaminated with over 10 cancer causing chemical including Bromodichloromethane, chloroform, chromium, dichloroacetic acid, dioxane, and strontium, among others.
The chemicals can come from agricultural runoff, industry, treatment byproducts, or be naturally occurring.
Americans deserve the fullest picture of what’s in the tap water,” Ken Cook, president EWG said in a statement. “But they won’t get that information from the government or, in many cases, from their utilities. The only place they’ll find that is EWG’s drinking water report.”
The tap water was tested for 500 different contaminants, and researchers found evidence of 267.
EWG said most people find a glass tap water comes with a dose of industrial and agricultural contaminants that have been “linked to cancer, brain, and nervous system damage, or developmental defects.”
Researchers discovered 93 chemicals that are linked to increased risk of cancer. Of those 78 chemicals were linked with brain and nervous system damage, 63 linked to developmental harm to children or fetuses, 45 linked to hormone disruption and 38 might cause fertility problems.