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Chemical Contaminants


Here is a list of some of the chemicals that can be found in some sources of drinking water and the negative effects they can have on your family’s health.

CHEMICALS & POSSIBLE HEALTH EFFECTS


Atrazine

  • Short-term:
    • congestion of heart, lungs, and kidneys
    • low blood pressure
    • muscle spasms
    • weight loss
    • damage to adrenal glands.
  • Long-term:
    • weight loss, cardiovascular damage, eye and muscle degeneration
    • cancer

Arsenic

  • Stomach pain, nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, numbness in hands and feet, partial paralysis, and blindness
  • Can also cause skin damage, circulatory system problems, and increased risk of cancer

Copper

  • An essential nutrient at very low levels
  • High level exposure causes upset stomach, vomiting, diarrhea, and stomach cramps
  • Long-term exposure at high levels can also cause liver and kidney problems

Lead

  • Delayed physical and mental development in babies.
  • Shortened attention span, hearing, and learning abilities of children.
  • Slightly increased blood pressures in adults.
  • Long-term exposure at high levels can include stroke, kidney disease, and cancer.

Mercury

  • Kidney damage

Nitrate

  • Methemoglobinemia – a blood disorder that causes shortness of breath and blueness of skin, and can lead to serious illness or death.
  • Methmoglobinemia mainly affects infants and pregnant women.
  • Long-term effects include increased urination and bleeding of the spleen.

Radium

  • Increases risk of cancer

Volatile Organic Compounds (VOCs)

  • Drowsiness and decreased responsiveness.
  • Skin irritation
  • Some cause cancer after long-term exposure.