Sep 06, 2016

Book, Website Offer New Water Information Resource

“What’s in my Water” uses U.S. EPA data

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A new book and companion website have been developed to communicate information about water health to the public and industry professionals. Written by David De John, “What’s in my Water” and www.whatsinmywater.com cite U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) data.

The website cautions users about tap water contaminants. According to EPA, there were more than "8,500 health-based violations for contaminants reported by water supply systems last year for contaminants that exceed the ‘higher’ [maximum contaminant level] level.

“A health-based violation means that either a system has exposed [its] users to what EPA has judged as an unreasonable risk of illness, or a system has failed to treat [its] water to the extent EPA has judged necessary to protect [its] users from an unreasonable risk of illness in the event that the regulated contaminant is present in source water.

“Some people may be more vulnerable to contaminants in drinking water than the general population. Children and infants, pregnant women and their fetuses, the frail elderly, people undergoing chemotherapy or living with HIV/AIDS, and transplant patients can be particularly at risk for infections.”

The website provides this information from the EPA Safe Drinking Water Hotline Report.

For more information on the book or water health, visit www.whatsinmywater.com.

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