The most dangerous toxic chemicals found in tap water
- Millions of Americans are exposed to unsafe drinking water every year.
- The problem is most egregious in rural areas, but some large cities are at widespread risk of contamination.
- Some of the most common contaminants in tap water are lead, which can cause permanent brain damage in children, and PFOA, which is hthan has been linked to cancer.
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Access to clean water may be a basic human right, but it is far from a reality in many cities across America.
Even after the Flint Water Crisis, which exposed around 10,000 Michigan residents to lead-contaminated drinking water, an estimated 10 million Americans are exposed to unsafe drinking water each year.
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The problem is most egregious in rural areas, but some large cities face widespread contamination hazards that could have lifelong consequences for the health of local residents.
Exposure to toxins such as radium or arsenic can lead to cancer, while exposure to lead in children can cause permanent brain damage. Here are some of the most terrifying toxins permeating America’s water supply.