Tighter Rules on Arsenic in Water Saved Lives: Study

Author Name: 
Robert Preidt
Publication Date: 
Monday, October 23, 2017

U.S. government limits on arsenic in drinking water has likely averted hundreds of cases of lung and bladder cancer annually, a new study suggests.

Arsenic is a carcinogen that naturally occurs in drinking water across the United States. After the Environmental Protection Agency introduced tighter limits on arsenic in public drinking water in 2006, researchers found that there was a 17 percent decrease in levels of arsenic in the urine of people served by public water systems that complied with the rule. Not only that, but there were an estimated 200 fewer cases of lung and bladder cancer a year after the tougher rules were put in place.

To read further about the role that government drinking water regulations play in reducing toxic exposures and protecting health, read the full article here.