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We sometimes take for granted that we can turn on our tap and immediately get a glass of clean water. But have you ever asked, how clean is my drinking water where I live?

That was the question that prompted us to take a closer look; to find information that we could quickly and readily share with our patient population.

Here’s what we found:

Check out the EWG website

The Environmental Working Group (EWG) collects data and reports from water utilities and testing sites across the country. They’ve created a site where you can enter your ZIP code and get the report for the water quality in your area.

For example, did you know that the chlorate levels—which can be harmful to your thyroid—are almost three times higher in Middletown City than the national average?

chlorate

Source: https://www.ewg.org/tapwater/system.php?pws=NY3503534#.W7JZxGhKiUk

Or that the chromium (hexavalent) levels (think Erin Brockovich) in Newburgh City are nearly 12 times BELOW the national average—that’s a good thing!

chromium

Source: https://www.ewg.org/tapwater/system.php?pws=NY3503549#.W7JaWWhKiUk

Go to the website and enter your ZIP code:

EWG-Water-Health

Or visit https://www.ewg.org/tapwater/.

 

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