Consumer Alert: Water contaminants

Consumer Alert: drinking water. (WPEC)

People expect to get clean, safe drinking water from your faucet.

But is it actually safe?

A new report finds almost 19,000 water systems in the U.S. have levels of lead that could affect formula-fed babies and 93 contaminants in the nation's water are linked to an increased risk of cancer.

Young children, babies and pregnant women are those who are most at risk.

The US Environmental Protection Agency released this statement:

America's drinking water remains among the safest in the world and protecting drinking water is EPA's top priority.

The agency also said more than 90 percent of the nation's drinking water systems meet all EPA standards.

However, there is some good news.

Water filters can reduce or even eliminate many of the contaminants. But depending on what's in the water coming into your home, the price of a filter could be anywhere from $20 dollars to over $1,000.

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