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According to the Environmental Working Group (EWG), the city of Barrington, IL, has a variety of contaminants in its drinking water. Recent studies (cited below) show that a few of these contaminants are alarmingly high. These toxins include bromodichloromethane, chloroform, and total trihalomethanes (TTHMs).
While these contaminants pose a significant threat to some people’s health, a solution does exist that can make water healthier.
Continue reading to learn more about the contaminated drinking water in Barrington and how Angel Water can help.
Barrington uses chlorine and other products to treat its water. While this can help reduce contamination, it can also contribute to the problem.
One harmful contaminant that can result from such treatment is bromodichloromethane (BDCM). Studies have shown that BDCM can increase the risk of cancer and may also cause problems during pregnancy.
Reports in recent years found that the drinking water in Barrington contains BDCM at levels well above the EWG health guideline. For example, in 2017, the level was 0.514 ppb, which was 8.6x higher than the recommended level of 0.06 ppb. This was also above the guideline of 0.4 ppb recommended by the California Office of Environmental Health Hazard Assessment.
Chloroform is another TTHM that can result from the water treatment process. Some of the potentially harmful effects of the compound include central nervous system depression, liver damage, cardiac issues, and gastrointestinal effects.
EWG reports that chloroform levels in Barrington are 2.5x higher than the recommended health guideline. A 2017 study found the total to be 1.00 ppb when the recommended guideline is 0.4 ppb.
Overall, the amount of total trihalomethanes in Barrington’s water is higher than it should be. The TTHMs are bromodichloromethane, chloroform, dibromochloromethane, and tribromomethane. All of these compounds can cause adverse health issues, the most alarming being carcinogenic (cancer-causing) effects.
The EWG report puts the levels found in 2017 of 1.62 ppb at 11x higher than their recommended total. This is also double the 0.8 ppb level recommended by the California Office of Environmental Health Hazard Assessment.
The contaminants listed above aren’t the only ones that reports have detected in Barrington water. Other potentially harmful toxins include lead, barium, fluoride, manganese, and more. And the EPA can only do so much to protect the public from these contaminants.
Therefore, it’s up to you to protect you and your family’s health!
At Angel Water, our goal is to make it easier for you to access healthier water in your home!
We’re doing our part to help solve Barrington’s water problem by providing NSF certified water filters at affordable prices.
We don’t want you to go another day risking your health by drinking unfiltered water! Shop at Angel Water now to get a top-notch filter for your home!