‘The Environmental Protection Agency is supposed to make sure America’s water supply is safe. That doesn’t seem to be happening though.
Scientists have discovered a hard reality when it comes to our everyday drinking water: it’s now loaded with a frightening array of contaminants from pesticides to prescription medicine — that are not filtered out and can pose all kinds of health risks. We spoke to Seth Siegel, author of Troubled Water, about how this could have happened and the dangers it poses.
Sharyl: When we’re talking about what’s in the water, what are some of the things that’s in our water that might surprise people?
Seth Siegel: Well, we know for sure that widely there are chemicals like PFOA, the active ingredient in Teflon. We know for sure this thing called PFOS which is an active ingredient in the Scotchguard that you spray on your textiles—
Sharyl: Cancer-causing chemicals?
Siegel: Yes, definitely cancer causing and endocrine disrupting, which means the fancy term for the fact that it affects your hormonal system. So pesticides and herbicides, they’re created to interfere with the reproductive life of a weed or of an insect. Well, they, that gets, that then gets washed into the water supply. We humans start to drink it. And even though it’s very small doses of it, it’s affecting us as well.
Sharyl: What are some of the pharmaceuticals, the medication that we find in our water? And isn’t that cleaned out when there’s normal purification process that goes on in municipalities?’