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Most of us already know that ingesting lead (from any source) can lead to health problems, especially in small children. This is the main reason lead paint was banned in 1978. But there are other ways lead can get into our bodies, and one of them is through our household plumbing systems.
Consumers should understand that long-term exposure to excessive amounts of these chemicals can have a variety of health problems including cancer, anemia, liver and kidney problems, to name just a few.
In addition to chlorination, the addition of fluoride to the water systems serving approximately 75% of Americans is also adding to this problem. Many of the health problems posed by chlorine and fluoride will not make themselves known for years, but a growing body of evidence is demonstrating that while curbing infectious disease, our water supply is also causing many other problems.
Shower filters are a good answer to this problem, greatly reducing the amount of chlorine that soaks into your skin and also lessening the diffuse clouds of chlorine gas that is ordinarily released from the stream.
Production and transportation of bottled water is itself environmentally catastrophic. The water is pumped out of lakes and aquifers which also keep important areas of agricultural land watered, increasing the risk that large swaths of vitally needed farmland will eventually dry up and become arid or semi-arid (as happened near the Aral Sea when the Soviets pumped it dry to grow fields of cotton).