U.S. drinking water supply mostly safe, but that’s not good enough

The US drinking water supply is mostly safe, but that’s not good enough

Most Americans take clean drinking water for granted as a convenience of modern life. The United States has one of the world’s safest drinking water supplies, but new challenges constantly emerge.

For example, on May 6 researchers at the nonprofit Environmental Working Group and Northeastern University reported that 43 states have sites where water is contaminated with toxic fluorinated compounds known as PFAS. And many farm workers in California’s Central … [more…]

PFCs Found To Contaminate Water Supplies For 15 Million People

A new study highlights the scope of drinking water contamination by perfluorinated chemicals (PFCs) in the U.S. The study released last week by the nonprofit Environmental Working Group (EWG) and Northeastern University in Boston shows PFCs are found in “drinking water for 15 million Americans in 27 states,” TIME reported. “Of the 47 locations where the source of PFCs contamination in drinking water supplies is known or suspected in the

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Mapping a Water Contamination Crisis

Bill Walker, Managing Editor, and Soren Rundquist, Director of Spatial Analysis

PFCs Pollute Tap Water for 15 Million People, Dozens of Industrial Sites

The known extent of the contamination of U.S. communities with PFCs – highly fluorinated toxic chemicals, also known as PFASs, [*] that have been linked to cancer, thyroid disease, weakened immunity and other health problems – continues to expand with no end in sight.

New research from … [more…]