August is National Water Quality Month. So, we at Pacific Coast Water Systems think it is a great time to go over what can contaminate our water and how to protect ourselves from contaminants. Not everyone in the world has fresh, clean, quality water piped right to their house. In fact, not all water piped into your house can be considered quality!
All water contains contaminants, natural or artificial. The EPA estimated there are over 60,000 chemicals being used within the USA that could find their way into our water. But, only 91 contaminants are regulated. So, while tap water is said to be safe to drink, it may not be the quality water that is best for your home and family. Have you read your entire water quality report?
Let’s look at the top 5 common drinking water contaminants.
Nitrates- Nitrates are found in fertilizers, manure and waste from septic tanks. It is the most common type of contaminant that finds its way into our fresh water. Nitrates are regulated by your municipality before it enters your home. If you have well water, it should be tested for nitrates every other year. It can be especially dangerous for infants and young children.
Microorganisms, bacteria, and viruses- All water has some degree of bacteria. Most are harmless, but some can cause quite a lot of health issues! City water is treated with chlorine intended to kill microorganisms, bacteria and viruses.
Aluminum– Aluminum is the third most common element in the earth’s soil, so it easily finds its way into our water. Dementia has been linked to high traces of aluminum in drinking water.
Fluoride– Fluoride is a natural mineral added to our water, but recent studies have shown it may be doing more harm than good. High levels of fluoride may actually cause weakening in the skeletal system.
Arsenic– Arsenic is a natural metallic substance that can find its way into your drinking water. Studies have shown that the compound can produce a variety of health effects.
What You Can Do to Improve Water Quality
While these top contaminants are regulated by your water municipality, it does not hurt to have your water tested for these and other contaminants. Pacific Coast Water Systems can test your water and work with you to determine which of our eco-friendly and innovative drinking water products is right for you. Reverse Osmosis drinking water systems are extremely effective at removing contaminants at the tap.
Whether you’re looking for a Reverse Osmosis system or even a water softener, we can guarantee that our products will reduce common water contaminants and improve the quality of your water! So, stop worrying about your water quality and contact us today!
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