A report released earlier today by Reuters showed a correlation between high arsenic levels in a Michigan district’s drinking water with a nearly two-fold increase in stroke risk for that area studied. While this is only one study it is an area that is of particular interest, not only in Michigan but especially in many areas throughout the nation with older cities and aging water delivery systems.
If you’d like to find out what is in your local water supply, I suggest going to a reputable site developed by the Environmental Working Group (EWG), a DC based non-profit that has compiled a great resource of almost 20 million records obtained from state water officials to make it easier for you to find out ” What’s in Your Water?“.
Interestingly, throughout the country, EWG’s research has found 316 chemicals in tap water and many of them are going unregulated. Go here to check your water source by zip code: http://www.ewg.org/tap-water.
Here’s more on this water quality resource:
EWG’s searchable database of water test results allows the public to check out the quality of the water in their community, and EWG researchers have also compiled an easy-to-use guide to water filtration systems currently on the market, giving consumers some help when deciding which one works best for themselves and their families. Again, go here http://www.ewg.org/tap-water to check your water quality.
To learn more about the arsenic level in Michigan water and increased stroke risk reported here, go to the Reuters article :
Arsenic in drinking water tied to stroke risk by Amy Norton Reported by David Dansereau Know-Stroke.org