Arsenic: Cancer Causing Chemicals in Bottle and Public Water

Thinking of trading in your well water for bottled water? Think again.

Bottled water (as well as public drinking water or city water) may contain 10 parts per billion (.01mg/L) arsenic. And arsenic would NOT be listed on the bottle’s nutrition or ingredient list, because the quantity of arsenic would be within the limits established by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).

Public drinking water and bottled water pulled from municipal sources (which is estimated to be 60%) is treated with the following cancer causing chemicals: chloramine, chlorine, and chlorine dioxide. And again, these toxins are NOT listed on the bottle.

When considering switching from well water to bottled water, make sure you’re not lowering the limit of one contaminant but adding several other contaminants. And realize that the exact contaminant in your well water, often arsenic, can still be in bottled water!

Disinfectant MRDLG MRDL
Chloramine 4 milligrams per liter (mg/L) or 4 parts per million (ppm) 4.0 mg/L or 4 ppm as an annual average
Chlorine 4 mg/L or 4 ppm 4.0 mg/L or 4 ppm as an annual average
Chlorine Dioxide 0.8 mg/L or 800 parts per billion (ppb) 0.8 mg/L or 800 ppb

About Faye Lynn

Barefoot and Breathless is a contemporary romance, chick-lit, women's fiction novel about a single mother looking for love, dealing with her son's growing independence, overcoming a past abusive relationship, trying to stay true to her morals, and teaching in a public at-risk school. It's a light, fun read with a writing style of Rachel Gibson meets Janet Evanovich. Like the heroine in Barefoot and Breathless, I'm a teacher, yogi, and single mother. I hope you enjoy reading my posts, and I look forward to reading your comments. Carpe Diem, Faye Lynn
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