"Millions of Americans have been ingesting them for years—perchlorate, hexavalent chromium, volatile organic compounds—not because they’re safe, but because they are among 6,000 toxins the EPA has not gotten around to regulating in municipal drinking water systems.
But after a change in administrations and a scathing review by the General Accounting Office, the EPA has begun to develop regulations to remove these chemicals from tap and bottled water—and industry has begun efforts to delay or prevent their implementation."
Jeff McMahon reports for Forbes August 9, 2011.
"Why Minorities Reach for Bottled Water Over Tap & How Marketers Persuade Them" (Forbes)
"In the Dark on Drinking Water Violations and Contaminants" (OMB Watcher)
"Toxic Chromium Found in Chicago Drinking Water" (Chicago Tribune)
"GAO: US Water Drinkers in Dark on Violations, Contaminants" (SEJ WatchDog)