Environmental Group Says Almost All Kansas Tap Water Is Too Contaminated

Environmental Group Says Almost All Kansas Tap Water Is Too Contaminated

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WICHITA, Kansas — The water coming out of your tap might meet legal standards, but that doesn’t mean that it’s safe to drink — at least according to the Environmental Working Group, an environmental advocacy nonprofit.

EWG found that nearly all of the 870 water utilities in Kansas tested for at least one contaminate above what it considers safe, though most water

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New data shows NYC tap water is chock-full of toxic chemicals

New data shows that NYC’s tap water is chock-full of toxic chemicals

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New York City praises the quality of its tap water as "world-renowned," but a new trove of data tells a bit of a different story.

Earlier this week, nonprofit organization Environmental Working Group released a database detailing the toxic chemicals that are present in drinking water systems across the country. The data, sourced from the Health Department and an assessment by the Environmental Protection … [more…]

Why are Texas’ smaller utilities not cleaning up drinking water?

photo: Texas highway sign: Public Water Supply Approved

Several recent national studies have found dozens of public utilities in Texas that supply tens of thousands of people with drinking water that contains illegal levels of radiation, lead and arsenic. So how concerned should Texans be when they turn on the tap?

For those who live in urban areas, not very. But the studies have found that rural Texans are particularly at risk.

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Radium contamination in water most widespread in Texas, environmental group says

Radium contamination in water most widespread in Texas, environmental group says

More than half of Americans could be drinking tap water tainted with a radioactive element. A new report from the nonprofit Environmental Working Group (EWG) finds more than 170 million people are exposed to radium in their drinking water. That could increase the risk of cancer.

When Dennis Taylor moved with his wife and two kids back to her hometown of Brady, Texas, he quickly found out many there don’t … [more…]

170 Million Americans Drink Radioactive Tap Water

170 Million Americans Drink Radioactive Tap Water

Drinking water for more than 170 million Americans in all 50 states contains radioactive elements that may increase the risk of cancer, according to an Environmental Working Group (EWG) investigation released Thursday. Radiation in tap water is a serious health threat, especially during pregnancy, and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s legal limits for the most widespread radioactive elements are more than 40 years old.

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