Health Tip: Coping With Polluted Water

Drinking polluted water can trigger vomiting, diarrhea, skin rashes, reproductive problems and developmental problems, the website girlshealth.gov says.

Here are the site's suggestions to help curb water pollution:

  • Recycle batteries and other harmful trash, such as paint.
  • Have water at home tested for pollutants. Filter or boil water if it contains bacteria, lead or chlorine.
  • Take used motor oil to a recycling center.
  • Use cold water for drinking and cooking because it is less likely to contain lead.

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