Portland, OR (PressExposure) March 03, 2011 -- A Forbes.com article on America's 10 Most Toxic Cities ranks Philadelphia tap water quality as the worst in the nation. A reverse osmosis water system [http://thebestwaterfilter.org] in the home can filter all the contaminants.
'Forbes.com released an article on 2/28/11 titled "America's 10 Most Toxic Cities". According to Forbes, Philadelphia ranked #1 as the worst in the nation. Morgan Brennan, the author of the article, wrote that the rankings were compiled by averaging 5 rankings "...giving equal weight to each of the five. Three of those measures--air quality, water quality and Superfund sites--were drawn from Sperling's Best Places, which compiles health and quality-of-living indexes for cities and towns across the country. The other two we derived directly from EPA data: the number of days when AQI exceeded 100 in 2009 (the latest year available), and the EPA's Toxics Release Inventory (TRI)."
One of the sources consulting in compiling the rankings was the ratings of drinking water compiled by the Environmental Working Group (EWG). EWG is a non-profit organization that specializes in providing useful resources to consumers while simultaneously pushing for national policy change. The EWG conducts extensive tap water testing, according to their site their Philadelphia water quality report lists 8 chemicals which exceed public health guidelines of the 12 pollutants found in the tap water. Among those exceeding health guidelines is arsenic and nitrate.
Contaminants in Philadelphia tap water have been receiving additional media attention since 2003, when the NRDC reported their water quality as poor. "In addition, the city had significant lead levels, possible medical evidence of waterborne disease, and occasional contamination with pesticides and industrial chemicals."
The Forbes article goes on to say "EWG's rankings are based on its own extensive tap water tests for pollutants and toxic substances. Jane Houlihan, senior vice president of research at EWG, notes that these tests turn up everything from arsenic and lead to water disinfection byproducts. EWG has even found traces of Tylenol, caffeine and birth control pills in some of these cities, though those substances aren't considered toxic and aren't monitored by the EPA."
So what can Philadelphian's do to eliminate these contaminants from their water? A high quality water filter system will remove all of the chemicals and pollutants. Consumers should be cautious when choosing a filtration system, as different filtration methods removes different types of contaminants. The best bet is to get a multi-stage reverse osmosis water system.
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