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Drinking Water Contaminants - Public Health Announcement from the US EPA

Public health may be affected adversely if drinking water contaminants are found at levels above federal safety standards.

From US EPA http://www.epa.gov

Microbiological Contaminants

Total Coliform. Coliforms are bacteria that are naturally present in the environment and are used as an indicator that other, potentially-harmful, bacteria may be present. Coliforms were found in more samples than allowed and this was a warning of potential problems.

Fecal Coliform/E coli. Fecal coliforms and E. coli are bacteria whose presence indicates that the water may be contaminated with human or animal wastes. Microbes in these wastes can cause short-term effects, such as diarrhea, cramps, nausea, headaches, or other symptoms. They may pose a special health risk for infants, young children, and people with severely compromised immune systems.

Turbidity. Turbidity has no health effects. However, turbidity can interfere with disinfection and provide a medium for microbial growth. Turbidity may indicate the presence of disease-causing organisms. These organisms include bacteria, viruses, and parasites that can cause symptoms such as nausea, cramps, diarrhea, and associated headaches.

Radioactive Contaminants

Beta/photon emitters. Certain minerals are radioactive and may emit forms of radiation known as photons and beta radiation. Some people who drink water containing beta and photon emitters in excess of the Maximum Contaminant Level over many years may have an increased risk of getting cancer.

Alpha emitters. Certain minerals are radioactive and may emit a form of radiation known as alpha radiation. Some people who drink water containing alpha emitters in excess of the Maximum Contaminant Level over many years may have an increased risk of getting cancer.

Combined Radium 226/228. Some people who drink water containing radium 226 or 228 in excess of the Maximum Contaminant Level over many years may have an increased risk of getting cancer.

Inorganic Contaminants

Antimony. A contaminant fact sheet is available. Some people who drink water containing antimony well in excess of the Maximum Contaminant Level over many years could experience increases in blood cholesterol and decreases in blood sugar.

Arsenic. Some people who drink water containing arsenic in excess of the Maximum Contaminant Level over many years could experience skin damage or problems with their circulatory system, and may have an increased risk of getting cancer.

Asbestos. A contaminant fact sheet is available. Some people who drink water containing asbestos in excess of the Maximum Contaminant Level over many years may have an increased risk of developing benign intestinal polyps.

Barium. A contaminant fact sheet is available. Some people who drink water containing barium in excess of the Maximum Contaminant Level over many years could experience an increase in their blood pressure.

Beryllium. A contaminant fact sheet is available. Some people who drink water containing beryllium well in excess of the Maximum Contaminant Level over many years could develop intestinal lesions.

Cadmium. A contaminant fact sheet is available. Some people who drink water containing cadmium in excess of the Maximum Contaminant Level over many years could experience kidney damage.

Chromium. A contaminant fact sheet is available. Some people who use water containing chromium well in excess of the Maximum Contaminant Level over many years could experience allergic dermatitis.

Copper. A contaminant fact sheet is available. Copper is an essential nutrient, but some people who drink water containing copper in excess of the action level over a relatively short amount of time could experience gastrointestinal distress. Some people who drink water containing copper in excess of the action level over many years could suffer liver or kidney damage. People with Wilson's Disease should consult their personal doctor.

Cyanide. A contaminant fact sheet is available. Some people who drink water containing cyanide well in excess of the Maximum Contaminant Level over many years could experience nerve damage or problems with their thyroid.

Fluoride. Some people who drink water containing fluoride in excess of the Maximum Contaminant Level over many years could get bone disease, including pain and tenderness of the bones. Children may get mottled teeth.

Lead. A contaminant fact sheet is available. Infants and children who drink water containing lead in excess of the action level could experience delays in their physical or mental development. Children could show slight deficits in attention span and learning abilities. Adults who drink this water over many years could develop kidney problems or high blood pressure.

Mercury (inorganic). A contaminant fact sheet is available. Some people who drink water containing inorganic mercury well in excess of the Maximum Contaminant Level over many years could experience kidney damage.

Nitrate. A contaminant fact sheet is available. Infants below the age of six months who drink water containing nitrate in excess of the Maximum Contaminant Level could become seriously ill and, if untreated, may die. Symptoms include shortness of breath and blue-baby syndrome.

Nitrite A contaminant fact sheet is available. Infants below the age of six months who drink water containing nitrite in excess of the Maximum Contaminant Level could become seriously ill and, if untreated, may die. Symptoms include shortness of breath and blue-baby syndrome.

Selenium. A contaminant fact sheet is available. Selenium is an essential nutrient. However, some people who drink water containing selenium in excess of the Maximum Contaminant Level over many years could experience hair or fingernail losses, numbness in fingers or toes, or problems with their circulation.

Thallium. A contaminant fact sheet is available. Some people who drink water containing thallium in excess of the Maximum Contaminant Level over many years could experience hair loss, changes in their blood, or problems with their kidneys, intestines, or liver.

Synthetic Organic Contaminants Including Pesticides and Herbicides

2,4-D. A contaminant fact sheet is available. Some people who drink water containing the weed killer 2,4-D well in excess of the Maximum Contaminant Level over many years could experience problems with their kidneys, liver, or adrenal glands.

2,4,5-TP (Silvex). A contaminant fact sheet is available. Some people who drink water containing silvex in excess of the Maximum Contaminant Level over many years could experience liver problems.

Acrylamide. A contaminant fact sheet is available. Some people who drink water containing high levels of acrylamide over a long period of time could have problems with their nervous system or blood, and may have an increased risk of getting cancer.

Alachlor. A contaminant fact sheet is available. Some people who drink water containing alachlor in excess of the Maximum Contaminant Level over many years could have problems with their eyes, liver, kidneys, or spleen, or experience anemia, and may have an increased risk of getting cancer.

Atrazine. A contaminant fact sheet is available. Some people who drink water containing atrazine well in excess of the Maximum Contaminant Level over many years could experience problems with their cardiovascular system or reproductive difficulties.

Benzo(a)pyrene (PAH). A contaminant fact sheet is available. Some people who drink water containing benzo(a)pyrene in excess of the Maximum Contaminant Level over many years may experience reproductive difficulties and may have an increased risk of getting cancer.

Carbofuran. A contaminant fact sheet is available. Some people who drink water containing carbofuran in excess of the Maximum Contaminant Level over many years could experience problems with their blood, or nervous or reproductive systems.

Chlordane. A contaminant fact sheet is available. Some people who drink water containing chlordane in excess of the Maximum Contaminant Level over many years could experience problems with their liver or nervous system, and may have an increased risk of getting cancer.

Dalapon. A contaminant fact sheet is available. Some people who drink water containing dalapon well in excess of the Maximum Contaminant Level over many years could experience minor kidney changes.

Di (2-ethylext) adiapte. A contaminant fact sheet is available. Some people who drink water containing di (2-ethylhexyl) adipate well in excess of the Maximum Contaminant Level over many years could experience general toxic effects or reproductive difficulties.

Di (2-ethylhexyl) phthalate. A contaminant fact sheet is available. Some people who drink water containing di (2-ethylhexyl) phthalate in excess of the Maximum Contaminant Level over many years may have problems with their liver, or experience reproductive difficulties, and may have an increased risk of getting cancer.

Dibromochloropropane (DBCP). A contaminant fact sheet is available. Some people who drink water containing DBCP in excess of the Maximum Contaminant Level over many years could experience reproductive difficulties and may have an increased risk of getting cancer.

Dinoseb. A contaminant fact sheet is available. Some people who drink water containing dinoseb well in excess of the Maximum Contaminant Level over many years could experience reproductive difficulties.

Dioxin (2,3,7,8-TCDD). A contaminant fact sheet is available. Some people who drink water containing dioxin in excess of the Maximum Contaminant Level over many years could experience reproductive difficulties and may have an increased risk of getting cancer.

Diquat. A contaminant fact sheet is available. Some people who drink water containing diquat in excess of the Maximum Contaminant Level over many years could get cataracts.

Endothall. A contaminant fact sheet is available. Some people who drink water containing endothall in excess of the Maximum Contaminant Level over many years could experience problems with their stomach or intestines.

Endrin. A contaminant fact sheet is available. Some people who drink water containing endrin in excess of the Maximum Contaminant Level over many years could experience liver problems.

Epichlorohydrin. A contaminant fact sheet is available. Some people who drink water containing high levels of epichlorohydrin over a long period of time could experience stomach problems, and may have an increased risk of getting cancer.

Ethylene dibromide. A contaminant fact sheet is available. Some people who drink water containing ethylene dibromide in excess of the Maximum Contaminant Level over many years could experience problems with their liver, stomach, reproductive system, or kidneys, and may have an increased risk of getting cancer.

Glyphosate. A contaminant fact sheet is available. Some people who drink water containing glyphosate in excess of the Maximum Contaminant Level over many years could experience problems with their kidneys or reproductive difficulties.

Heptachlor. A contaminant fact sheet is available. Some people who drink water containing heptachlor in excess of the Maximum Contaminant Level over many years could experience liver damage and may have an increased risk of getting cancer.

Heptachlore epoxide. Some people who drink water containing heptachlor epoxide in excess of the Maximum Contaminant Level over many years could experience liver damage, and may have an increased risk of getting cancer.

Hexachlorobenzene. A contaminant fact sheet is available. Some people who drink water containing hexachlorobenzene in excess of the Maximum Contaminant Level over many years could experience problems with their liver or kidneys, or adverse reproductive effects, and may have an increased risk of getting cancer.

Hexachlorocyclopentadiene. A contaminant fact sheet is available. Some people who drink water containing hexachlorocyclopentadiene well in excess of the Maximum Contaminant Level over many years could experience problems with their kidneys or stomach.

Lindane. A contaminant fact sheet is available. Some people who drink water containing lindane in excess of the Maximum Contaminant Level over many years could experience problems with their kidneys or liver.

Methoxychlor. A contaminant fact sheet is available. Some people who drink water containing methoxychlor in excess of the Maximum Contaminant Level over many years could experience reproductive difficulties.

Oxamyl [Vydate]. A contaminant fact sheet is available. Some people who drink water containing oxamyl in excess of the Maximum Contaminant Level over many years could experience slight nervous system effects.

PCBs [Polychlorinated biphenyls]. A contaminant fact sheet is available. Some people who drink water containing PCBs in excess of the Maximum Contaminant Level over many years could experience changes in their skin, problems with their thymus gland, immune deficiencies, or reproductive or nervous system difficulties, and may have an increased risk of getting cancer.

Pentachlorophenol. A contaminant fact sheet is available. Some people who drink water containing pentachlorophenol in excess of the Maximum Contaminant Level over many years could experience problems with their liver or kidneys, and may have an increased risk of getting cancer.

Picloram. A contaminant fact sheet is available. Some people who drink water containing picloram in excess of the Maximum Contaminant Level over many years could experience problems with their liver.

Simazine. A contaminant fact sheet is available. Some people who drink water containing simazine in excess of the Maximum Contaminant Level over many years could experience problems with their blood.

Toxaphene. A contaminant fact sheet is available. Some people who drink water containing toxaphene in excess of the Maximum Contaminant Level over many years could have problems with their kidneys, liver, or thyroid, and may have an increased risk of getting cancer.

Volatile Organic Contaminants

Benzene. A contaminant fact sheet is available. Some people who drink water containing benzene in excess of the Maximum Contaminant Level over many years could experience anemia or a decrease in blood platelets, and may have an increased risk of getting cancer.

Carbon Tetrachloride. A contaminant fact sheet is available. Some people who drink water containing carbon tetrachloride in excess of the Maximum Contaminant Level over many years could experience problems with their liver and may have an increased risk of getting cancer.

Chlorobenzene. A contaminant fact sheet is available. Some people who drink water containing chlorobenzene in excess of the Maximum Contaminant Level over many years could experience problems with their liver or kidneys.

o-Dichlorobenzene. A contaminant fact sheet is available. Some people who drink water containing o-dichlorobenzene well in excess of the Maximum Contaminant Level over many years could experience problems with their liver, kidneys, or circulatory systems.

p-Dichlorobenzene. A contaminant fact sheet is available. Some people who drink water containing p-dichlorobenzene in excess of the Maximum Contaminant Level over many years could experience anemia, damage to their liver, kidneys, or spleen, or changes in their blood.

1,2-Dichloroethane. Some people who drink water containing 1,2-dichloroethane in excess of the Maximum Contaminant Level over many years may have an increased risk of getting cancer.

1,1-Dichloroethylene. A contaminant fact sheet is available. Some people who drink water containing 1,1-dichloroethylene in excess of the Maximum Contaminant Level over many years could experience problems with their liver.

cis-1,2-Dichloroethylene. A contaminant fact sheet is available. Some people who drink water containing cis-1,2-dichloroethylene in excess of the Maximum Contaminant Level over many years could experience problems with their liver.

trans-1,2-Dicholoroethylene. A contaminant fact sheet is available. Some people who drink water containing trans-1,2-dichloroethylene well in excess of the Maximum Contaminant Level over many years could experience problems with their liver.

Dichloromethane. A contaminant fact sheet is available. Some people who drink water containing dichloromethane in excess of the Maximum Contaminant Level over many years could have liver problems and may have an increased risk of getting cancer.

1,2-Dichloropropane. A contaminant fact sheet is available. Some people who drink water containing 1,2-dichloropropane in excess of the Maximum Contaminant Level over many years may have an increased risk of getting cancer.

Ethylbenzene. A contaminant fact sheet is available. Some people who drink water containing ethylbenzene well in excess of the Maximum Contaminant Level over many years could experience problems with their liver or kidneys.

Styrene. A contaminant fact sheet is available. Some people who drink water containing styrene well in excess of the Maximum Contaminant Level over many years could have problems with their liver, kidneys, or circulatory system.

Tetrachloroethylene. A contaminant fact sheet is available. Some people who drink water containing tetrachloroethylene in excess of the Maximum Contaminant Level over many years could have problems with their liver, and may have an increased risk of getting cancer.

1,2,4-Trichlorobenzene. A contaminant fact sheet is available. Some people who drink water containing 1,2,4-trichlorobenzene well in excess of the Maximum Contaminant Level over many years could experience changes in their adrenal glands.

1,1,1,-Trichloroethane. A contaminant fact sheet is available. Some people who drink water containing 1,1,1-trichloroethane in excess of the Maximum Contaminant Level over many years could experience problems with their liver, nervous system, or circulatory system.

1,1,2-Trichloroethane. A contaminant fact sheet is available. Some people who drink water containing 1,1,2-trichloroethane well in excess of the Maximum Contaminant Level over many years could have problems with their liver, kidneys, or immune systems.

Trichloroethylene. A contaminant fact sheet is available. Some people who drink water containing trichloroethylene in excess of the Maximum Contaminant Level over many years could experience problems with their liver and may have an increased risk of getting cancer.

TTHMs [Total Trihalomethanes]. Some people who drink water containing trihalomethanes in excess of the Maximum Contaminant Level over many years may experience problems with their liver, kidneys, or central nervous systems, and may have an increased risk of getting cancer.

Toluene. A contaminant fact sheet is available. Some people who drink water containing toluene well in excess of the Maximum Contaminant Level over many years could have problems with their nervous system, kidneys, or liver.

Vinyl Chloride. A contaminant fact sheet is available. Some people who drink water containing vinyl chloride in excess of the Maximum Contaminant Level over many years may have an increased risk of getting cancer.

Xylenes. A contaminant fact sheet is available. Some people who drink water containing xylenes in excess of the Maximum Contaminant Level over many years could experience damage to their nervous system.

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