Dutch drinking water as clean as we think? ‘Chemicals’

The Dutch drinking water is the cleanest in the world, it is often said. But how clean is it really? According to the research platform Follow the money our drinking water is not so good and there are more toxic chemicals in it than we might have thought. And this has long-term consequences for our health.

Earlier this year, a discussion arose, mostly online, about Dutch tap water. While some questioned the quality of our tap water, others claimed that Dutch tap water was the cleanest in the world. But there is still a lot to say about the latter if we use the research platform Follow the money can believe. Because although Subway previously written that theories about corona vaccines, sunscreen and therefore tap water belong to the conspiracy corner, come Follow the money with disturbing revelations about our drinking water

America has strict regulations on toxic chemicals (PFAS)

The research platform illustrates the issue with American examples. Where it appears that US President Joe Biden is planning to tackle so-called PFAS contamination, and the US government organization EPA (Environmental Protection Agency) has stricter guidelines for these chemicals.

PFAS is a collective term for a group of chemicals that ensure that products are water or grease resistant. You can think of raincoats, french fries or non-stick coating in a pan. Wrote by the way Subway previously about epidemiologist and researcher Shanna Swan, who then emphasized that these substances also affect male fertility. And now writing too Follow the money that researchers link PFAS strains to reproductive problems, unborn child development, cancer or problems with the immune system.

Dutch places are also polluted

In America, there are nearly 3,000 sites known to the government that are PFAS contaminated. According to Follow the money there are countless places like this all over the world.

Anyway, this is America, and that doesn’t say anything about our very own Holland, does it? So it turns out not to be quite right. Although PFAS levels in our drinking water and blood are lower than in the US, ‘PFAS hotspots’ also occur in the Netherlands. Where, for example? Schiphol, near the chemical company Chemours and the western Scheldt (we have already explained to you what exactly is going on there). Often contaminated sites by the companies that use these substances or from sites where PFAS-containing extinguishing foam has been used. Research also showed that the blood values ​​of the Dutch and Belgians were far above the ‘safe’ values. The closer to the pollution, the worse the blood values.

Standards for Dutch drinking water are much less strict than in the United States

The research platform concludes that these companies, such as Chemour, are aware of the harmfulness of the substances they use. But when research shows it really does involve toxic chemicals? Then such a company replaces the toxic substance with another, comparable substance. Toxic environmental pollutants ‘forever chemicals’ which ultimately end up in our drinking water. Because PFAS particles hardly break down in the environment and, in addition to our drinking water, they also accumulate in plants, people and animals. The EPA believes these toxins can also be found in food, air, rainwater and consumer products.

RIVM wants stricter drinking water standards, the ministry is not yet in the process

Given the negative results of scientific research, the standards of what is ‘safe’ are becoming stricter. Dutch drinking water contains much more PFAS than is safe, according to the EPA. Follow the money lists a number of calculations comparing Dutch drinking water with American water. Conclusion? The rules are much less strict with us than with the Americans.

RIVM argues for stricter standards for our drinking water. But the Ministry of Infrastructure and Water Management does not seem to have made real progress yet. In addition, RIVM stated last year that the total exposure to these specific substances, via food and drinking water, is too high in our country. In Europe, meanwhile, work is being done on a total PFAS ban.

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