Why You Should Worry about Your Drinking Water
Industrial chemicals in the water we drink? Yes, according to researchers from the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health and the Harvard John A. Paulson School of Engineering and Applied Sciences (SEAS).
The study looked U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) data collected from 2013-2015 of 36,000 drinking water samples nationwide. Levels of PFASs—man-made chemicals found in a variety of products, including food wrappers and pots and pans, and used in non-stick surfaces and to improve water- and stain-resistance—exceeded recommended safety standards.
PFASs, which do not break down easily and can remain in the body for long periods of time, are associated with a number of health problems. They are linked to certain cancers, as well as liver, kidney, and reproductive issues, among others.
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