How Safe is Your Michigan Drinking Water?
Whether you live in the city or a rural area, how safe is your Michigan tap water?
Water is One of The Top Three Things That Enters Our Bodies
Clean water is in the top three, along with clean air and a healthy diet for the essential things human bodies need to survive.
Water helps keep your body at a normal temperature. Water helps lubricate and cushion joints. It protects your spinal cord and other sensitive tissues. Water carries nutrients and oxygen to cells. Water helps get rid of waste through urination, perspiration, and bowel movements. Needless to say, water does a lot for us so it is important that we are drinking clean water.
How Safe is Michigan's Tap Water?
The state of Michigan generally has safe drinking water, although some regions' water quality is better than others.
When it comes to Michigan water, the Upper Peninsula area near Marquette has been declared the state home for best-tasting water by the American Water Works Association. In the Lower Peninsula, the top-tasting water comes from Ann Arbor. In these two areas water tastes great but is there something else you can't taste in the water?
We all saw what happened when the city of Flint changed its municipal water supply source from the Detroit-supplied Lake Huron water to using the Flint River. This caused water distribution pipes to corrode and leach lead with other contaminants destroying its water supply.
New Study Says Nearly Half of Tap Water Contains Forever Chemicals
Forever chemicals get their name because they do not break down in the environment or in our bodies. PFAS are resistant to water, grease, and heat and are found in everyday products including food packaging, clothing, cosmetics, toilet paper, and so much more. These kinds of chemicals may cause cancer or lead to other health problems.
According to FOX 17, the government has not prohibited the companies that cause these PFAS and dumping them into public wastewater systems. So rather than you having to treat your water, the companies who cause the problem should be the ones treating the water before it is dumped but it is not happening.
The study also mentioned the heaviest exposures to these PFAS cities and towns near the Great Lakes which Michigan is surrounded by. The study showed that 45% of tap water samples that were taken contained at least one form of PFAS.
If you have questions about your tap water whether you get city water or you have your own private well, have it tested by professionals so you know what you are dealing with in your home.