The EPA has released two fact sheets that may indicate that a federal drinking water standard for perchlorate isn’t necessary. In the first fact sheet, Reductions of Perchlorate in Drinking Water, they found that compared to data released in 2001-2005, levels of perchlorate appear to be declining.
They theorize that this is due to drinking water regulations in California and Massachusetts, as well as the groundwater cleanup effort in Nevada. The EPA also points to the cleanup efforts of sources of contamination and the remediation of Superfund sites. It’s quite apparent that there is a link between water treatment and perchlorate.
The second fact sheet is titled Steps Water Systems Can Take to Address Perchlorate in Drinking Water. This fact sheet provides advice for homeowners and others who are concerned with elevated levels of perchlorate in their water systems.
What is perchlorate?
Perchlorate can be natural or human-made. According to the FDA, when it’s human-made, perchlorate is used as an industrial chemical found in rocket propellant, explosives, fireworks, and road flares. Because of its exposure to the environment, it can potentially seep into the groundwater or affect agriculture.
There are some health concerns with perchlorate in drinking water. First, it disrupts the thyroid’s ability to produce hormones needed for healthy growth and development. This disruption can affect pregnant women and children. In fact, medical providers once used perchlorate to treat hyperthyroidism and Grave’s disease because it inhibits iodine uptake.
The United States National Library of Medicine, which hosts the highest level of research, states that low levels of thyroid hormones can affect these areas of the body:
- Reproductive systems
- Nervous system
- Cardiovascular system
Water is an essential part of good health, and you should never compromise on your home’s water quality.
What steps can you take at home?
It seems a little contradictory. On the one hand, the EPA says they do not need to provide a standard for drinking water for perchlorate levels. On the other hand, these officials are offering advice on how to reduce the levels of perchlorate in your water.
If you’re concerned about perchlorate or other chemicals in your drinking water, a water filtration system is a worthwhile investment in your household’s health and well-being. You should speak with professionals to determine if your water has perchlorate in it.
The team at Hague Quality Water of Maryland can test your water for perchlorate and other chemicals. Hague can also suggest methods water treatment methods specific for your home.
Safe drinking water is essential. Our bodies are 60% water, and it’s essential for physical performance, energy levels, brain function, and more. For these reasons, you want your family to enjoy clean, good tasting water.
Clean Water for Your Home
The Hague WaterMax® BEQ system is designed to filter city water so that it’s pure and free from harmful chemicals. Combined with reverse osmosis, you will no longer need bottled water, which is both expensive and bad for the environment.
Our water systems also:
- Eliminate chlorine taste
- Reduce sediments in your water
- Eliminate hard water
The Hague WaterMax® BEQ is a multi-stage filtration system. When you combine it with Reverse Osmosis, you get the highest quality water. Best of all, the exceptionally efficient filtration comes with a 25-year Manufacturer’s Limited Warranty.
An efficient water filtration system provides your family with:
- Clearer skin and shinier hair
- Cleaner laundry
- Bathrooms that are easier to clean if they don’t have hard water
- Savings of up to 30% on plumbing and hot water costs
- Better tasting meals and drinks
Do you know what’s in your drinking water? Call us to have your water tested. A Hague WaterMax® BEQ system can get rid of water problems, including chemicals such as perchlorate. We can help you spend less money and reduce your impact on the environment.
Call us at (410) 757-2992 today for a free estimate and to learn how we can help you enjoy cleaner water.
NOTE: Free water tests are for new customers to determine water quality and treatment solutions.