Atlanta, Georgia - Is Your Drinking Water Safe?
The real-life story of Erin Brockovich, and eventual 2000 film starring Julia Roberts, made water quality and contamination a heavy topic in homes across the country. If you haven’t seen it, you should, as it is informative about the importance of water quality in a theatrical way. What’s ironic is that it’s been about 20 years since water standards have been updated.
Water quality tells us if our drinking water contains contaminants that may cripple our health. Some harmful contaminants can come from the natural environment, such as microbial contaminants in soil or metals in rocks. Other harmful contaminants come from human sources, such as fertilizers, pesticides, industrial, and even household wastes.
We all use water on a daily basis. We use it not only to drink, but to bathe in, wash our clothes, water our gardens, cooking, and cleaning. The presence of contaminants in drinking water is not necessarily a health risk in which you need to alert health officials. It is just important to know exactly what is in your water. It’s about being proactive rather than reactive.
The following data is provided by EWG Tap Water Database for the City of Atlanta. Per their website, It is important to note that the “tap water provided was in compliance with federal health-based drinking water standards.” Water standards have not been updated in nearly 21 years and that legal water quality does not necessarily mean safe. “The best way to ensure clean tap water is to keep pollution out of source water in the first place.”
So, what’s exactly in your tap in Atlanta, GA?
Bromodichloromethane was found at 129 times above EWG's Health Guideline.
Chloroform was found at 84 times above EWG's Health Guideline.
Dibromochloromethane was found at 8.8 times above EWG's Health Guideline.
Dichloroacetic acid was found at 90 times above EWG's Health Guideline.
Haloacetic acids (HAA5) was found at 352 times above EWG's Health Guideline.
Total trihalomethanes (TTHMs) was found at 283 times above EWG's Health Guideline.
Trichloroacetic acid was found at 169 times above EWG's Health Guideline.
These contaminants are just a few examples of what is actually found in your water. If you are discouraged, please know that we are here to provide you a free water test so that you can test your tap water yourself. It is important to be informed and then you can make the choice to install a filtration system. Another way to push for cleaner water for everyone is to advocate to the elected officials who have a say in water quality – talk to your HOA, your city hall, and the state legislature to Congress all the way to the Oval Office – by asking questions and demanding answers, just like Erin Brockovich.
If you are interested in getting filtered water implemented in your home right away or that free water test, please call 833-ONIT-H2O. We stand ready to serve you!