Study: Drinking California tap water could lead to increased cancer risk

Sacramento, CA, United States (4E) – A new study suggests that drinking California tap water could lead to an increased cancer risk.

Researchers analyzed data in over 2,700 California community water systems pertaining to how drinking water pollutants affect human health in a four-year span earlier this decade.

They found that over 15,000 more cancer cases, or a few hundred more a year, could result from drinking the tap water over about seven decades.

The researchers work was published in an article in the peer-reviewed journal Environmental Health. They are scientists with the Environmental Working Group, a nonprofit advocacy group.

“Drinking water rarely contains only one contaminant, yet regulators currently assess the health hazards of tap water pollutants one by one. This ignores the combined effects of multiple pollutants, which is how people ingest them in the real world,” the group said in a statement.

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