A Hormone-Disrupting Weed Killer May Be in Your Tap Water. Here’s What to Do About It

But over time, the risks of exposure to even low levels of contaminants can add up.
An EWG investigation reveals that atrazine, a heavily used weed killer sprayed primarily on corn, contaminates drinking water in many parts of rural America.
Atrazine, like many toxic chemicals, poses particular risks to the developing fetus.
So for expectant parents who want to do everything possible to ensure the health of their baby, these findings are a call to action.
Although atrazine in drinking water is regulated by federal law, these harmful effects have been seen at levels much lower than the federal limit of 3 parts per billion.
We found that atrazine levels spike far above the legal limit in spring and summer, when atrazine is heavily used.
Spikes often go unreported, because utilities aren’t required to test their water when the atrazine levels are high, so many do it before or after the spike.
First, find out whether your water contains atrazine or other contaminants.
That’s why it’s so important to filter them out of your water and minimize seasonal atrazine spikes.
Whether you’re pregnant or planning on becoming pregnant, a water filter is key to protecting the fetus – because as it turns out, all those “picky” people may have been right all along.

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