Can I Trust My Drinking Water? 6 Reasons to Test Your Tap Water

The tap water we drink, cook with, and bathe in usually comes from surface water sources like streams, rivers, lakes, and reservoirs, or from underground sources like aquifers. Unfortunately, there has been a history of dangerous pollutants found in this water. We’ve seen examples of these issues up in Flint, Michigan, and the water contaminants consumer advocate, Erin Brockovich became famous for bringing to the country’s attention. [bctt tweet=”Can you trust your home or office’s drinking water? Here are 6 reasons why it is always a good idea to test your tap water.” via=”no”]

Why Should You Get Your Tap Water Tested?

You should consider getting your tap water tested because tap water has been known to carry many contaminants including bacteria like e. Coli, toxic algae, lead, sulfur, excess iron, and other contaminants are known to cause a host of health issues from gastrointestinal problems, neurological disorders, and even reproductive issues. Here are six pollutants that can lurk in your drinking water and can cause illness in you and your loved ones:

  1. Viruses
  2. Bacteria
  3. Pharmaceuticals
  4. Protozoa
  5. Heavy Metals
  6. Legionella

1) Viruses

Viruses are tiny microbes that can be found in water and have been known to cause Hepatitis A, diarrhea, and gastroenteritis. They find their way into water sources through animal and human excrement and are heavily found in wastewater.

2) Bacteria

Bacteria can also sneak around in our water. Bacteria like E.coli, pneumophila, and salmonella are common in warm water bodies and are dangerous because of their quick growth and spreadability.

3) Pharmaceuticals

Sadly, our water supply is inundated with pharmaceuticals by people improperly disposing of their leftover prescriptions. Pharmaceuticals in the water have endocrine disrupting compounds and other unregulated contaminants which can lead to cancerous tumors, birth defects, and other developmental disorders.

4) Protozoa

Protozoa are parasites that live in our water supplies and are common all around the world. They get into the drinking supply by animal and human feces and are common in large cities.

ProTip: Drinking water contaminated with Protozoa can cause giardiasis and gastrointestinal distress.

5) Heavy Metals

Heavy metals like lead are natural chemical elements can sneak into your water supply via the plumbing—including the pipes that connect homes to water mains as well as the solder, pipes, and fittings, according to the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).

6) Legionella

Legionella is naturally found in freshwater environments like lakes, streams and can spread through our water systems. In fact, 99% of Legionnaire outbreaks in the United States is caused by the Legionella pneumophila bacteria in our pipes. Legionella causes fever, chest pain, diarrhea, and shortness of breath.

Water Quality Tests and Your Health

In order to stay safe and healthy, your water needs to be properly tested and effectively treated. This is especially vital for those dealing with chronic illness or compromised immune systems. Water testing can help you keep your water free from dangerous bacteria, parasites, and viruses.

Contact us to learn more about your drinking water and why you need to test your tap water.

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