We have researched and gathered together numerous links to information about children and their environmental health. You may access this information by choosing a category from the menu to the right.

Your Drinking Water

Find information about your local drinking water information by accessing EPA Local Drinking Water Information at https://www.epa.gov/safewater/dwinfo.htm

Children and Drinking Water Standards

There’s been a lot of talk lately about drinking water. You may have seen features in the newspaper, on television news and in popular magazines, even in movies and television specials. This media coverage, combined with the new annual reports on drinking water quality that water systems are sending directly to their customers, is making many people think more about their drinking water. A question many people have on their mind is: Should I be concerned about the tap water that my children are drinking? This booklet explains how national standards contribute to drinking water safety, and helps readers make informed, reasonable choices about the water they and their children drink.

Source: Environmental Protection Agency

Drinking Water and Health: What you need to know

The United States has one of the safest water supplies in the world. However, national statistics don’t tell you specifically about the quality and safety of the water coming out of your tap. That’s because drinking water quality varies from place to place, depending on the condition of the source water from which it is drawn and the treatment it receives.

Bottled Water: Better Than the Tap?

U.S. Food and Drug Administration
FDA Consumer magazine
July-August 2002

Preventing Cryptosporidiosis: A Guide to Water Filters and Bottled Water

Not all available home water filters remove crypto. All filters that have the words “reverse osmosis” on the label protect against crypto. Some other types also work, but not all filters that remove objects 1 micron or larger from water are the same.

Children’s Health Environment Coalition:
Articles about Water

Is Your Favorite Beach Safe?

June 1, 2002 — Water quality and erosion are increasing at many beaches in the United States, according to Surfrider Foundations annual State of the Beach report. Even your local beach may suffer from pollution. Before you plan your next beach outing, find out which beaches are safe and which fail, using the resources listed here.

Physicians for Social Responsibility

Safe Drinking Water

Drinking water can be contaminated with a wide variety of contaminants, both chemical and microbial, that can cause illness and disease. Contamination can occur in drinking water derived from surface waters (lakes or rivers) or underground aquifers, and in water obtained from public water utilities or private wells. Even bottled water can contain various impurities.