Check online for contaminants in your city’s drinking water

The cool, refreshing liquid pouring from your kitchen faucet may be more than just water. In the typical South Florida home, your water may contain potentially harmful chemicals, such as hexavalent chromium, chlorate and Radium-226.

You can learn what’s in your drinking water with a new database that allows you to type in your ZIP code and find out which contaminants are going along for the ride when you turn on the faucet.

“When most Americans drink a glass of tap water, they’re also getting a dose of industrial or agricultural contaminants linked to cancer, brain and nervous system damage, developmental defects, fertility problems or hormone disruption,” states a report from the Environmental Working Group, the nonprofit organization that prepared the database.

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