Table of Contents

Chapter                                                                      Page

1 About EPA contaminant levels . . . .  . . . . . . . . . . . .  9

2 Information from other sources . . . . .  . . . . . . . . .  .  23

3 Water quality issues in the News . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .  29

4 How Do Contaminants Enter Water Supplies? . . . . .  31

5 About Water Supply Filtration Systems . . . . . . . . . .  41

6 Possible Contaminants in Drinking Water . . . . . . . .  45

7 Skin Absorption/Inhalation of Contaminants . . . . . . 77 

8 Types of Water Supplies . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .  79

9 Is Bottled Water the Answer? . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 85

10 Private Wells . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .  91

11 Filtration Devices and Equipment . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .  97

12 EPA Violation Information and Reports . . . . . . . . . . 113

13 Drinking Water Consumer Confidence Reports . . . . . 115

14 EPA-Regulated Contaminants . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .  121

15 State Drinking Water Office Contact Information . . . 135

16 Endnotes . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .. .  . . . .142