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Through the Safe Drinking Water Act, the United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is responsible for making sure our drinking water meets standards for 90 different contaminants. Although these standards ensure that U.S. tap water is among the safest in the world for drinking, they don't protect everyone. Those with weakened immune systems and some children may be more sensitive to legal levels of contaminants in drinking water. Children are especially sensitive to nitrates, lead, copper, microbial contaminants and disinfectants. To minimize the effects of these contaminants, choose a drinking water filter system that targets these contaminants.