Almost all of the tap water in the country is contaminated with toxic chemicals. This is why most people should use reverse osmosis systems to filter their drinking water. A 2017 report from the nonprofit Environmental Working Group and Northeastern University has identified new problems with toxic perfluorochemicals (PFCs), which were used in the manufacture of nonstick cookware, food packaging, waterproof clothing, and firefighting foams.

The report found that 15 million Americans in 27 states are drinking water contaminated with PFCs, which have known links to cancer, thyroid disease, and weakened immune systems. Astonishingly, there are no federal regulations for these chemicals in drinking water. Despite the growing evidence of the health hazards of PFCs, it has been 25 years since the EPA has added a new drinking water contaminant to the Safe Drinking Water Act.

An industrial solvent (1,4-dioxane) is classified as a likely carcinogen, and has been detected in samples of drinking water supplies for nearly 90 million Americans in 45 states. Toxic pollutants in drinking water are particularly hazardous for children. Children drink more water per pound of body weight, resulting in greater exposure and greater risk. Children are also more vulnerable because their bodies are still growing and toxic chemicals cause more harm to their developing organs and tissues.

The latest 2017 research shows that 94 percent of all the tap water in America is contaminated with plastic microfibers. These microplastics have been shown to absorb toxic chemicals linked to cancer and other illnesses, and they are released when consumed by humans. Researchers found that even samples of bottled water contained plastic microfibers.

Health is a choice, and only you can choose it. Water is essential to life, but almost all the water in the country is contaminated with toxic chemicals. This is why I use reverse osmosis to purify my drinking water.