From Dr. Mercola:
Clean, pure water — in sufficient amounts — is one of the most important foundations for optimal health.
Unfortunately, most tap water is far from pure, containing a vast array of disinfection byproducts, fluoride, radiation, heavy metals, agricultural runoff, pharmaceutical drugs and perfluorooctanoic acid (PFOA), a chemical used in the production of Teflon and flame retardants.1
And that’s the short list. What’s worse, more than half of the 300-plus chemicals detected in U.S. drinking water are not even regulated.2
Each year, red flags over toxic drinking water are raised across the U.S., with reasons varying from location to location. The poisoning of Flint, Michigan, brought much-needed attention to the problem in the U.S., while also exposing the political inertia and outright lies that allow these things to happen.
Olympic Games Highlight Brazil’s Water Pollution Problem
According to reports, 30 percent of the sewage lines in Rio de Janeiro are exposed, allowing raw sewage to flow openly through the streets, and Guanabara Bay, where sailing competitions will be held, is severely contaminated with fecal matter.
Only half of the city’s sewage is ever treated before spilling into waterways. But Brazil certainly is not alone. Water pollution is a significant problem around the world, including the United States. Deteriorating infrastructure only adds to an already challenging problem.
Safe Drinking Water Is Becoming More Difficult to Obtain
According to a recent study, contamination of water supplies around the globe has increased the cost of water treatment by 50 percent in some areas, making it increasingly difficult to provide safe drinking water for all …