Yes there are around 80 different types of uncontrolled contaminants present in most tap water. The Environmental Protection Agency sets an acceptable standard for allowable amounts of many of these substances, but a few which may raise eyebrows are arsenic, fluoride, and chlorine. Typically EPA regulations keep the allowable amounts of these substances extremely low (like 10 parts per billion), these amounts are technically not at zero.
While these toxins are present in extremely low amounts, there is not a significant risk from drinking tap water.
Yes, there certainly are toxins in water. In fact, there are more than 80 regulated and unregulated contaminants and toxins in tap water, including arsenic, fluoride, chlorine, and many others. Trihalomethanes, byproducts of the chlorination of water, have been linked to cancer and can cause serious damage to the lungs, heart, kidneys, and nervous system. Fluoride, like chlorine, is also very harmful. The toxin, linked to cancer and osteoporosis, can damage the brain, kidneys, joints, and can cause birth defects and behavioral problems.
Tap water is closely regulated by the government, and in most cases it is better than bottled water, which is not regulated at all. Bottled water (distilled water is a different story) is nothing more than a scam by corporations who want to make money. If your local water supplier is anywhere on this top 100 list, there is no reason why you should not drink tap water. If you are still worried about certain substances in your water, you can always make a solar water distiller and/or get a filter to purify your tap water.
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