What Are Carcinogens and Are They in My Water?

When environmental or man-made substances are thoroughly tested and analyzed by a third-party and determined to cause cancer, they’re referred to as carcinogens (American Cancer Society). Common carcinogens that you might already know of include: asbestos, tobacco smoke, UV radiation, wood dust, and nickel compounds. 

According to the ATSDR, coming into contact with certain carcinogens may not directly cause cancer, but the type of carcinogen, the amount you were exposed to, and the length of time you were exposed to it will all play a vital factor in whether or not you develop cancer.  

Are Carcinogens in Water?

There are multiple ways a person can be exposed to carcinogens, such as air pollution, nutrition, household cleaning products (American Lung Association), UV tanning beds, chemical/factory fumes, etc. But now, according to the findings of a first-of-its kind study conducted by the Environmental Working Group (EWG) in 2019, we may also be exposing ourselves to certain carcinogens through our home’s tap water. 

The Study’s Findings:

Using a cumulative cancer risk framework, the study analyzed water quality data, which excluded private wells, from over 48,000 communities across the United States: “The analysis revealed that the most significant impact on cancer risk came from arsenic, followed by byproducts of disinfection…The highest risk came from water systems that rely on groundwater and supply mostly smaller communities.” (Medical News Today). The findings suggest that the types of carcinogens found in drinking water may have also caused over a hundred thousand cancer cases across the country.

Are Carcinogens in My Drinking Water?

Drinking water contains physical, chemical, and biological contaminants that can affect its quality, taste, and smell. And when left unfiltered, you may be exposing yourself and your family to such foregin matter. Aside from ruining your household appliances and drying out your hair and skin, the quality of your water supply can also impact your health and safety. 

At Aquarius Water Conditioning, we help families and businesses throughout Minnesota and Wisconsin receive access to industry leading water filtration and purification systems to help improve the quality and safety of their drinking water. Specializing in Kinetico Water Systems, we can help you find the right water filtration system for your home and help you enjoy peace of mind with clear, crisp, and quality water. 

To learn more about how we can help, request your home water analysis. Our team will work with you and educate you on our findings and your options, so you feel informed and empowered to make the best decision for your home and family. 


I’ve noticed that many people ignore their water unless it’s causing a visible problem. But having good, clean water impacts the quality of their lives.

More and more people seem to understand that and are interested in improving their water now. Kinetico can help.

Mike Holmes

DIY Network