Health Effects, Water & Health

Health Effects

Health Effects Of Water Pollutants

Multipure Drinking Water Systems reduce a wide range of contaminants of health concern. Below is a summary of the tested contaminants and their noted health effects. Please check Performance Data Sheet for specific claims for your model.

Arsenic Rule

Arsenic V Cancer risk/cardiovascular and dermal effects


2,4-D Nervous system, Liver and kidney damage
Carbofuran(Furadan) Nervous system, kidney, reproductive system, and liver damage; anemia, leukemia
Chlordane Nervous system and muscle damage; cancer
cis-1,3-Dichloropropylene Bladder and kidney damage
Endrin Nervous system, kidney, liver, heart damage; anemia, cancer
Heptachlor Cancer
Heptachlor Epoxide Cancer
Lindane Nervous system, liver, kidney damage
Methoxychlor Nervous system, kidney, liver damage; anemia, cancer
Toxaphene Endocrine Distruptor, cancer


Alachlor Cancer; nervous system damage
Atrazine Cancer; nervous system and mammary glands damage
Dinoseb Thyroid, reproductive organ damage
Pentachlorophenol Liver and kidney damage; cancer
2,4,5-TP (Silvex) Nervous system, liver, and kidney damage; cancer
Simazine Nervous system damage; cancer


Benzene Cancer, leukemia, and anemia
Carbon Tetrachloride Cancer
Chlorobenzene (Monochlorobenzene) Nervous system, kidney, liver damage
DBCP (Dibromochloropropane) Reproductive system damage; cancer
o-Dichlorobenzene Cancer, Kidney, liver, and lung damage
p-Dichlorobenzene (para-Dichlorobenzene) Cancer
1,2-Dichloroethane (1,2-DCA) Cancer
trans-1,2-Dichloroethylene Liver, kidney, nervous, circulatory system damage
1,1-Dichloroethylene (1,1-DCE) Cancer, kidney, and liver damage
cis 1,2-Dichloroethylene Liver, kidney, nervous & circulatory system damage
1,2-Dichloropropane Nervous system, kidney, and liver damage
Ethylbenzene Nervous system, liver, and kidney damage
EDB (Ethylene Dibromide) Reproductive and other organ damage
Hexachlorobutadiene (Perchlorobutadiene) Pending study
meta-Xylene Nervous system, liver, kidneys, lungs, and mucous membranes
Methyl Tert Butyl Ether (MTBE) Lymphoma, leukemia, testicular tumors, thyroid tumors, kidney tumors
o-Xylene (Ortho-Xylene) Nervous system, liver, kidneys, lungs, and mucous membranes
para-Xylene Nervous system, liver, kidneys, lungs, and mucous membranes
Polychlorinated biphenyls (PCBs) Endocrine Distruptor; cancer
Styrene Nervous system, kidney, and liver damage
1,1,2,2-Tetrachloroethane Pending study
Tetrachloroethylene Nervous system damage; cancer
Toluene (Methylbenzene) Nervous system, liver, and kidney damage
1,2,4-Trichlorobenzene Liver and kidney damage
1,1,1-Trichloroethane (1,1,1-TCA) Nervous system and liver damage
1,1,2-Trichloroethane Kidney, liver, and Nervous system damage
Trichloroethylene (TCE) Cancer

Disinfection by Products

Chloropicrin Pending study. Fumigant; soil insecticide; war gas
Pending study
Haloketones (HK)
Pending study
Tribromoacetic Acid Pending study
Trihalomethanes (THMs; TTHMs)
Cancer and other effects; reproductive problems
Cancer, liver, kidney and reproductive problems
Cancer, nervous system, liver, and kidney effects
Cancer, liver, kidney, and reproductive effects
Nervous system, liver, kidney, reproductive effects


Cryptosporidium Gastroenteric diseases
Giardia Gastroenteric diseases

Heavy Metals

Lead Nervous system and kidney damage; highly toxic to infants and pregnant women
Mercury Kidney, nervous system disorders


Asbestos Cancer
Turbidity Interferes with disinfection, related to disinfection by-products

Aesthetic Ttreatment

Chlorine None Known; however, creates disinfection by-products that have been linked to cancer
Chloramine None Known; however, consumers advised not to use water that contains chloramines for home dialysis machines or aquariums & ponds
Particulate Matter None Known

Inorganics(Reduced Only by Multipure’s MP750Plus RO)

Barium Circulatory/ gastrointestinal effects
Cadmium Liver/ kidney/ bone/ circulatory effects
Copper Gastrointestinal/liver/kidney effects
Fluoride Skeletal effects
Hexavalent Chromium Cancer and damage to mucous membranes
Nitrate/ Nitrite Methemoglobinemia (blue baby syndrome)
Perchlorate (man-made anion) Interferes with the function of the thyroid
Radium 226/228 Cancer
Selenium Nervous system/kidney/liver/circulatory effects
Total Dissolved Solids (TDS) Aesthetic effect
Trivalent Chromium Cancer and damage to mucous membranes