Damning analysis discovers US tap water is a ‘cocktail of chemicals’

Tap water across the US is riddled with chemical contaminants and even radioactive material, a new study has shown, with the situation complicated by outdated safety standards.

The worrying state of American tap water was highlighted in recent analysis by the Environmental Working Group (EWG), a non-profit organization based in Washington, DC that has maintained a database of drinking-water contaminants across the country since 2014.

Hazardous chemicals, including pesticides and radioactive materials, are “often found in drinking water at potentially unsafe levels, particularly in low-income and underserved communities,” it said in a press release.

“When some Americans drink a glass of tap water, they’re also potentially getting a dose of industrial or agricultural contaminants linked to cancer, brain and nervous system damage, fertility problems, hormone disruption, and other health harms.”

For too many Americans, turning on their faucets for a glass of water is like pouring a cocktail of chemicals.

More than 50 new pollutants have been identified in water supplies, with the main culprits behind the increase being perfluoroalkyl and polyfluoroalkyl substances. This class of substances, commonly referred to as ‘forever chemicals,’ due to their stability and slow breakdown process, are widely used across multiple industries.

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EWG’s Tap Water Standards

Environmental Working Group (EWG), 13.8K subscribers

EWG’s Tap Water Database has information from nearly 50,000 local utilities in every state – information about everything their tests found in your community’s drinking water.

EWG don’t just tell you what they found. EWG tell you what it means: How the chemicals in your tap water can harm your health, how your water compares to other places and how it stacks up against government safety standards.

EWG went a step further. EWG scientists developed our own no-compromise safety standards based on the most up-to-date independent studies.

EWG standards aren’t based on levels of contaminants that are acceptable to politicians and polluters, or how much it would cost water utilities to clean those contaminants out. Instead, EWG standards are simply what the best science says will fully protect everyone’s health.

It’s shameful that all Americans can’t be certain that their tap water is safe.

Find out what’s in your tap water at

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