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Fluoride is among the most confusing chemicals added to drinking water. While low concentrations protect against tooth decay, studies also indicate that added fluoride may have adverse effects at elevated levels.
Water supplies for more than 7 million Americans in 27 states are contaminated with 1,4-dioxane. This industrial chemical has been detected at levels higher than what federal scientists say poses a minimal lifetime risk of cancer, according to an EWG analysis.
Whether it stinks like rotten eggs or bleach, smelly water might have you worried. The exact cause of water odors can be challenging to determine. Therefore, we have created a handy guide to help you identify and treat common causes of household water smells.
When was the last time you used soap, shampoo, or body lotion? Unless you're reading ingredient labels like a hawk–we're here to tell you that chemicals from these products end up on your skin, in the environment, and potentially even our drinking water.
Have you ever turned on your faucet and been hit with the smell of rotten eggs? The culprit is sulfur. While it’s definitely a nuisance, this unpleasant smell is not usually indicative of any health risks at the concentrations found at your tap. Learn about what causes this smell, the health effects, and how to get rid of it.
If your faucets and clothes are covered in stains and you feel a ‘scummy’ residue on your hands after you wash them with soap–you might have hard water. Water is hard if it has high levels of dissolved calcium and magnesium. Water with more than 7 ppm of calcium or magnesium is considered “hard”
When you wash your clothes, you expect them to come out cleaner than they went into the washer. However, water quality issues can lead to the exact opposite–leaving marks and stains for various reasons. We have created a Stain Guide that can help you identify the most common causes for the oh-so-annoying stains on your clothes.
There are drugs in your drinking water–albeit in very low concentrations–but they are there.This got us asking some questions and we turned to assistant professor at Johns Hopkins University and water chemistry expert studying pharmaceuticals in drinking water, Dr. Carsten Prasse, for answers.
Whether or not you have seen her eponymously-titled film, Erin Brockovich's environmental efforts deserve attention. As a passionate environmental activist, she is determined to remain a spokesperson for those suffering from environmental contamination.
Despite the EPA's tireless effort to identify chemicals that may pose health risks, keeping up with the industry production of chemicals and their release into the environment is a never-ending game of catch-up. Find out more about the Contaminant Candidate List and learn why so many chemicals remain unstudied and unregulated.