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Tuesday, May 25, 2010
Parents want healthy children. This is a simple fact of life. We want our kids to eat well, exercise, and stay hydrated. But did you know that drinking tap water can, in some cases, cause health problems in children? It would be wonderful if all tap water was pure and clean, but the truthfully it is not. Study after study after study has shown that tap water is never as clean and pure as we would like to believe it is. And this can be especially important when we consider the health of young people.

Most experts agree that tap water that is contaminated in some way will have a more adverse effect on children than it will on adults who drink the same water. It should be noted that Federal and State water quality parameters are set based on what will affect healthy adults. In other words, the maximum contaminant levels that are set by law do not take children into account and are not based on the best health guidance for kids. As a result, millions of infants, children, women who may be pregnant and even the fetuses they carry, may be in danger. This is not a small problem, and it is not a problem without consequences.

One reason water contamination can have such a dire effect on children has to do with proportion. Generally speaking, infants and children will consume more than 2.5 times as much water as will adults, as a proportion of their body weight. For example, a baby who ingests only baby formula will consume about one-seventh of its own body weight of water each day. This would correspond to about 3 gallons of water for a 150-pound adult male.

Of the many water contaminants parents have to worry about, lead is perhaps the most dangerous and pervasive. We all know the hazards of lead poisoning and how it affects the development of children exposed to it. But many highly intelligent, well-meaning parents have no idea that lead can be in their drinking water at surprisingly high levels. Many parents do not realize that lead can come right from within the home! Lead can, and does, leach from old pipes and lead solder and goes directly into the water that is being carried by those pipes. Children of all ages who drink this water can be at risk, but infants who rely on water-based formula can be especially at risk.

And lead is only ONE of the possible contaminants we often find in our drinking water. Chlorine, fluoride, arsenic, and copper are a few more, but these, too, only represent a tiny portion of the more than 2000 known contaminants!

Parents are not helpless in this matter. In-home water filters can reduce and remove many of the most hazardous contaminants in drinking water, including lead. Water filters should be installed on all outlets where people normally drink water—kitchen sink, bathroom, etc. Homes that have a refrigerator with built-in ice maker should install a simple in-line filter to clean the water that is used in the making of ice. And all homes that utilize showers should install affordable, effective shower head filters to catch chlorine by-products so as to avoid inhaling those dangerous compounds.

To learn more about the hazards of tap water and how it can affect minorities and rural children, please read our article: Tap Water: Children at Risk Part 2.


by: Chris Tracey

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