Drinking plenty of good, clean water is important for a healthy body. Read EWG researchersâ€™ top tips to learn how to stay hydrated while reducing your exposures to common drinking water pollutants.
Bottled Water: Drink filtered tap water instead.
You can read the bottle label, but you still wonâ€™t know if the water is pure and natural, or just processed, polluted, packaged tap water. EWG found 38 contaminants in 10 popular brands.
Tap Water: Learn whatâ€™s in it.
Tap water suppliers publish all their water quality tests. Bottled water companies donâ€™t. Read your annual tap water quality report. Look up your cityâ€™s water in EWGâ€™s National Tap Water
Atlas (www.ewg.org/tap-water). (Private well? Get it tested.)
Filtered Tap Water: Drink it, cook with it
â€¢ Choose a filter certified to remove contaminants found in your water: (www.ewg.org/tap-water/getwaterfilter) Effectiveness varies – read the fine print.
â€¢ Carbon filters (pitcher or tap-mounted) are affordable and reduce many common water contaminants, like lead and byproducts of the disinfection process used to treat municipal tap water.
â€¢ Install a reverse osmosis filter if you can afford it, to remove contaminants that carbon filters canâ€™t eliminate, like arsenic and perchlorate (rocket fuel).
Filters: Change them.
Change your water filters on time. Old filters arenâ€™t safe â€“ they harbor bacteria and let contaminants through.
On the Go: Carry water in safe containers.
Hard plastic bottles (#7 plastic) can leach a harmful plastics chemical called bisphenol A (BPA) into water. Carry stain-less steel or other BPA-free bottles. Donâ€™t reuse bottled water bottles. The plastic can harbor bacteria and break down to release plastics chemicals.
While Pregnant: Stay hydrated with safe water.
Itâ€™s especially important for women to drink plenty of water during pregnancy. Follow all the tips above, and take your doctorâ€™s advice on how much to drink.
Infants: Use safe water for formula.
Use filtered tap water for your babyâ€™s formula. If your water is not fluoridated, you can use a carbon filter. If it is, use a reverse osmosis filter to remove the fluoride, because fluoridated water can damage an infantâ€™s developing teeth. If you choose bottled water for your infant, make sure itâ€™s fluoride-free. Learn more at www.ewg.org/babysafe
Breathe Easy: Use a whole house water filter.
For extra protection, a whole house carbon filter will remove contaminants from steamy vapors you and your family inhale while showering and washing dishes. Effectiveness varies widely â€“ call the manufacturer for details.
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