Remove Unregulated Chemicals from Drinking Water


Target: United States Environmental Protection Agency

Goal: Develop better standards for drinking water in the U.S.

The same 21 contaminants have been found in over a third of water utilities tested across the United States. Eighteen of these contaminants are completely unregulated by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) or water utilities throughout the country. Please urge the EPA to test contaminants and develop better standards for drinking water in the U.S.

A recent survey by the EPA and the U.S. Geological Survey measured the presence of 251 chemicals, bacteria, viruses, and microbes in our drinking water across the country. While it remains troubling that many regulated chemicals were found in the drinking water – and that the only participants in the survey were volunteer water utilities – that 18 common, unregulated chemicals were found in more than a third of drinking water samples is particularly disturbing. Some of these chemicals  are linked to cancer and other health issues, while others included caffeine, an herbicide, an antibacterial compound, a metal, and an antidepressant.

The harmful consequences of ingesting drinking water contaminated with these chemicals must be studied and regulated. A few of the chemicals are already on the EPA’s list of chemicals under consideration for regulation. Sign this petition and urge the EPA to protect us from the unknown and deleterious effects of chemicals in our drinking water.


Dear Environmental Protection Agency,

As evidenced by your recent research, performed in collaboration with the U.S. Geological Survey, 18 of the same unregulated chemicals have been found in over a third of samples taken from volunteer water utilities across the country. While it must be admitted that the EPA has performed a necessary and commendable task in alerting U.S. citizens to the presence of these unregulated chemicals, much work lies ahead.

Several of these unregulated chemicals are on your list of chemicals under consideration for regulation. The chemicals under consideration, which have been studied sufficiently to yield alarming results, have been linked to everything from cancer to attention disorders. This begs the question, “What are the deleterious consequences to the U.S. population with regard to the myriad unknown chemicals in our water?”

A more aggressive approach to testing and regulation is needed. The EPA must not tacitly accept a policy where untested chemicals comparable to chemicals proven to be deadly are presumed innocuous.

We, the undersigned, urge you to consider the long-term consequences of consuming chemicals both known and unknown. Please act decisively to test contaminants and develop better standards for drinking water in the U.S.


[Your Name Here]

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