The CDC noted that biofilms were the most common contributing factor. Biofilms, characterized as slimy coatings formed by groups of waterborne germs (like bacteria, fungi, and amoebas), create an environment where pathogens can thrive and multiply.

While an occasional sip from the faucet might be harmless, you should remember that tap water is not sterile — so it’s best to avoid in some situations.

Is tap water safe to drink? CDC report highlights deadly waterborne infections

Surveillance of Waterborne Disease Outbreaks Associated with Drinking Water — United States, 2015–2020

Preventing Waterborne Germs at Home

trobinson's picture

the article says that 2140

the article says that 2140 cases of illness, in the whole country.
That's .0006% of the population. There's no need to try to vilify tap water. sheesh.

Treehouse's picture

I don't want to be that one

Nothing wrong with paying attention. I've used a Brita filter for years.

bizgrrl's picture

It is getting tiresome having

It is getting tiresome having to deal with so many things going wrong. Bad water, bad air, bad food, bad consumer products, bad airplanes, etc.

Having said that, we've been using Pur water filters for years. In Florida our water was so bad we purchased the 2.5 gallon jugs of water for pretty much everything. We had to have a whole house water softener or your clothes came out yellow and your skin itched. Yes, it was a public utility that provided the water.

You just never know.

jbr's picture

National standard to limit ‘forever chemicals ’drinking water'

The new standard is legally enforceable and aims to reduce exposure to per-and polyfluoroalkyl substances, also known as PFAS or “forever chemicals.” Water utilities will now have to filter out five of more than 12,000 types of individual forever chemicals — PFOA, PFOS, PFNA, PFHxS and HFPO-DA, also known as GenX chemicals. The regulations also set a limit for mixtures of any two or more of PFNA, PFHxS, PFBS and GenX chemicals.

Biden administration sets first national standard to limit ‘forever chemicals’ in drinking water

How to limit PFAS in your drinking water and food, according to experts

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