Drinking water is a common, daily occurrence in the United States.
But despite the importance of drinking water to people, the American Diabetic Association says that about half of Americans are drinking water that isn’t safe.
The American Diabetological Association (ADA) and other organizations, such as the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), have issued multiple warnings and guidelines for the safe use of water, with one of the key recommendations being to use filtered, distilled or boiled water.
The ADA says that if you’re not drinking filtered or distilled water, then it’s not safe to drink, and drinking water shouldn’t be treated with disinfectants.
But the ADA says the amount of contaminants in tap water has been increasing for decades, and that the level of contaminants is actually higher than it was a century ago.
And in many areas of the country, the level is more than twice the federal limit.
The ADA’s Drinking Water Safe Drinking Guidelines, issued in 2014, recommends that people drink tap water that contains no more than 0.8 parts per billion (ppb) of lead, copper, arsenic, cadmium, or mercury, and tap water with no more or less than 0 to 4 parts per million (ppm) of arsenic, lead, mercury, cadmetium, and/or copper.
If you do not drink tap or filtered water, you should drink distilled or filtered.
Drinking water with less than 4 ppm of lead or copper is considered safe and is safe to consume, but drinking water with more than 4 to 8 ppm of these contaminants is considered unsafe and should be avoided.
Drinking water with lead, arsenic and mercury levels higher than 4 pb is considered “high” and should not be consumed.
If you have any concerns about your drinking or consumption of tap water, the ADA recommends that you contact your state drinking water authority.
It’s also important to check your water source to see if it’s safe.
And the ADA also recommends that if there are contaminants in the water, they be tested before consumption.
The guidelines are in place to prevent waterborne illnesses and illness from contaminants in water, and it’s important to understand the rules and precautions people need to follow when they drink or consume water.
For more on the ADA, check out our article on drinking water and what to do if you have a waterborne illness.