Troubling Chemicals That May Be Lingering In Your Drinking Water

28 February 2016
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According to the Safe Drinking Water Act, a contaminate is defined as a chemical, physical, biological, or radiological matter or substance inside of your drinking water. Technically, the law defines a contaminate as anything that is not a water molecule floating in the water. Unfortunately, you can expect to drink water from your sink with small amounts of contaminants. The problem arises when there is too much of something specific that may pose a health risk to you and your family.

Whether you are a parent or you are just concerned with the quality of the water you are drinking, it is understandable for you to want to know what could be floating in your water.

Bisphenol A (BPA)

BPA is a chemical that has been used to make hard plastics since the 1960s. The FDA has expressed concerns regarding how this chemical may impact the growth and development of fetuses, babies, and children. This is especially true when it comes to the development of the prostate gland.


DEET is recognized as the most common and most effective insect repellant. While it is highly effective at killing mosquitoes and other pests, it can cause skin rashes if it gets on your skin and it can cause nausea and vomiting if it is ingested. Unfortunately, DEET is being found in drinking water in various states across the US.

Toxic Flame Retardants (TDCP and TCEP)

TDCP and TCEP are two chemicals utilizes in a number of products to prevent a fire from igniting. These chemicals have been shown to cause tumors during studies in animal laboratories. TDCP has been linked to cancer in the liver, brain, kidney, and testicles. While it has not been proven, there is reason to believe TCEP harms the nervous and reproductive system.

What Can You Do About These Chemicals?

First, you can put your mind at ease by having a professional come out to test the quality of your water. While there is no single test that will test for everything that could be lingering in your water, this test can give you some idea of what your water quality is.

Next, you can contact a plumber to come out and do some work on your sink and plumbing. Replacing the pipes and/or installing a filtration system on the sink where you get your drinking water can help with the quality of your drinking water.

Unfortunately, this list only begins to scratch the surface on what could be lingering in the water coming out of your sink. Contact a business, such as Gold Seal Plumbing, for more information about making changes to your water filtration.