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Cadmium

What is cadmium?

A relatively abundant metal, cadmium is used largely in batteries and pigments, for example in plastic products.

How does cadmium get into my drinking water?

Cadmium can be released when galvanized metal (such as pipes) corrodes, and can also be found in runoff from waste batteries and paint.

What are the health effects of cadmium?

Exposure to cadmium can cause kidney damage and bone degradation. Cadmium has also been identified as a cancer-causing agent.