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that may be present in source water include:
Microbial contaminants, such as viruses and bacteria, which
may come from sewage treatment plants, septic systems, agricultural
livestock operations, and wildlife.
Inorganic contaminants, such as salts and metals, which can
be naturally-occurring or result from urban storm water runoff, industrial
or domestic wastewater discharges, oil and gas projection, mining
Pesticides and herbicides, which may come from a variety of
sources such as agriculture, urban storm water runoff, and residential
Organic chemical contaminants, including synthetic and volatile
organic chemicals, which are byproducts of industrial processes and
petroleum production, and can, come from gas stations, urban storm
water runoff, and septic systems.
Radioactive contaminants, which occur naturally or the result
of oil, gas production and mining activities.
regarding children, pregnant women, nursing mothers, and others:
children may receive a slightly higher amount of a contaminant
present in the water than do adults, on a body weight basis, because
they may drink a greater amount of water per pound of body weight
than do adults. For this reason, reproductive or developmental
effects are used for calculating a drinking water standard if
these effects occur at lower levels than other health effects
of concern. If there is insufficient toxicity information for
a chemical (for example, lack of data on reproductive or developmental
effects), an extra uncertainty factor may be incorporated into
the calculation of the drinking water standard, thus making the
standard more stringent to account for additional uncertainties
regarding these effects. In the cases of lead and nitrate, effects
on infants and children are the health endpoints upon which the
standards are based.
||Nitrate in drinking
water at levels above 10 parts per million is a health risk for
infants les than six months of age. High nitrate levels in drinking
water can cause blue baby syndrome. Nitrate levels may rise quickly
for short periods of time because of rainfall or agricultural
activity. If you are caring for an infant, ask advice from your
health care provider.
||Some people who drink
water containing trihalomethanes in excess of the MCL over many
years experience problems with their liver, kidneys, or central
nervous systems, and may have increased risk of getting cancer.
||Infants and young
children are typically more vulnerable to lead in drinking water
than the general population. It is possible that lead levels at
your home may be higher than at other homes in the community as
a result of materials used in your home's plumbing. If you are
concerned about lead levels in your home's water, you may wish
to have your water tested and flush your tap for 30 seconds to
2 minutes before using tap water. Additional information is available
from the Safe Drinking Water Hotline (1-800-426-4791).
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