Nitrate In Drinking Water Linked To Birth Defects
Nitrate in drinking water in high levels has been linked in a recent U.S. study to birth defects such as cleft palate, cleft lip and limb deficiencies.The study also spotlighted atrazine and arsenic as being potentially harmful to developing fetuses.
Both nitrate and atrazine are agricultural compounds that can leech through the soil into drinking water sources, which the report indicates may be putting embryos at risk. The study, which was recently published in the journal Current Environmental Health Reports, highlights that no-one can take the quality of their tap water for granted, especially in the wake of the Flint, Michigan, crisis.
The report was written by Professor Jean Brender at the Texas A&M Health Science Center School of Public Health, who has specialised in studying the effects chemicals in water can have on developing fetuses.
Using her own research and looking at some other similar studies, she identified three contaminants – nitrates, atrazine and arsenic – in drinking water that may be associated with birth defects, especially among women who primarily drink water from a private well in rural areas.
Water doesn’t need to smell bad to be potentially hazardous.
At We Love Pure Water, we believe we all need to be alert to the fact that regardless of whether we drink from a private well or public water supply, there is always a risk of drinking water contamination, as Dr. Brender’s report spotlights.
So what can can we do as individuals to lower the risks of toxic chemicals like nitrate in drinking water entering our bodies? The answer is to become our own agents of change for a better way of living, for ourselves and those around us – family, friends, workmates and guests – by installing our own residential water purifiers.
Let’s face facts. Lots of other nasty stuff gets into our drinking and washing water during its journey from the water works to our taps. Increased pollution from municipal and industrial waste and the leeching or fertilizers and pesticides in agriculture has already limited the amount of fresh water available to humans by two-thirds, according to the World Health Organization.