Are the current drinking water standards protective of my children's health? Is there a list of drinking water contaminants that may be particularly harmful to children?
The National Primary Drinking Water Standards are designed to protect children and adults. The standards take into account the potential health effects contaminants can have on populations that are most at risk. Before developing a standard, EPA conducts a risk assessment in which scientists evaluate whether fetuses, infants, children, or other groups are more vulnerable to a contaminant than the general population. The standards are set to protect the most vulnerable group. Additionally, EPA continues to conduct research to determine if revisions to existing standards are necessary. Further information about drinking water standards for children and a list of drinking water contaminants that may be particularly harmful to children is available in EPA's Children and Drinking Water Standards (EPA815-K-9-001, December 1999) on the Internet at http://water.epa.gov/learn/kids/drinkingwater/kidshealth_index.cfm.
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