July 31st, 2017 and August 25th, 2017 respectively; 97 WZOK and Q98.5 radio stations posted articles (blog posts) regarding dangerous chemicals that are in our public water supply. The articles contained information obtained by the EWG (Envrionmental Working Group). The reports listed on the EWG website are a matter of public record and contain valuable information about the true quality of our public drinking water. The EWG website even has a Water Database where you can input your zip code and see a list of the toxins found in public water systems in your area. The EWG collected datea from state agencies and the EPA (Environmental Protection Agency) for drinking water tests conducted from 2010 to 2015 by 48,712 water utilites in 50 states. All told, the utilites, which had the opportunity to review the data for accuracy, tested for
500 different contaminants and found 267.

One of the points made by the EWG on their website, is that the levels of contaminants found, in many cases, are within acceptable parameters consistent with EPA guidelines however, they are concerned about what can happen to citizens over time. While some of the levels of contaminants may be acceptable for healthy adults; those levels could cause developmental issues in children, serious health issues including miscarriage in women who are pregnant, problems for women who are nursing and serious health issues in the elderly and people that already have current health
Problems.

Here in Machesney Park the following contaminants detected above health guidelines are: 1,4-Dioxane, Arsenic,
Bromodichloromethane, Chloroform, Radiological contaminants, Trichloroacetic acid and Total trihalomethanes (TTHMs) all of which have been shown to cause cancer. Many of the contaminants of concern are not regulated by EPA guidelines.

If you would like more information or would like to see the results of your local public water authority in this study, you may follow the link below. You can also read the articles from our local radio stations for more information as well.

EWG’s Tap Water Database: www.ewg.org

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