Water is essential to our existence, that’s a given. So, contaminated tap water is a big deal in the context of your health and the well-being of your family.
At Pure Water in Sacramento, we know a lot about the dangers of contaminated tap water. Our goal is to protect you and your family with the best products, services and information to ensure your safety.
Whether you live in Lincoln, Antelope, Placerville, Rancho Cordova or any neighboring communities, the first step is understanding what could possibly be in your water. Let’s take a look.
Animal Waste, Fertilizer, Pesticides, and Byproducts
The decline of water quality and quantity is mainly due to large-scale agricultural farms and confined feeding operations, according to both the EPA and the CDC. Many of these large-scale farms and ranches contaminate groundwater with animal waste, chemicals, fertilizers, pesticides, and antibiotics.
Factory Waste and Chemicals
Factory chemicals and byproducts sometimes leach into the water or are dumped directly into water supplies. The dangers of contaminated tap water is that some of these chemicals can have terrible effects on animals and humans who live in the areas. The water sanitation process is also a surprising contributor of pollutants in our water supplies.
In some areas, water may be contaminated by medical waste. Medications such as birth control pills, antidepressants, testosterone, supplements, blood thinners, pain medications, and more have all been found in water supplies. Some water treatment facilities use outdated methods of filtration. Compounds and chemicals that were not used until recent years often remain in the water supply as a result.
Sometimes the pipes themselves are a source of tap water contamination and pollution. A number of pipes contain copper, BPA, lead, and more. Some pipes have porous surfaces that can harbor diseases, pathogens, and unhealthy bacteria. A number of cities in the U.S. are in need of updating their pipes. Some places have pipes that are in danger of collapse due to their age and condition.
Contaminated Tap Water & Water Filtration
There are a number of water filtration methods that you can use to improve the condition of your water. If you need help determining the kind of filtration that is best for your water, contact us here at Pure Water in Sacramento, serving Northern California and some areas of Sierra Nevada. Some filtration that might work for you include:
- Pitcher/Cartridge Filters: This is a basic form of water filtration. It will remove chlorine and some medication. It does not remove heavy metals, VOCs, or fluoride. It is an inexpensive way to filter water but not highly effective.
- Distillers: Distillers convert water to steam and then back to water. Distillers can remove most contaminants. The only problem is that they also remove good minerals that your body needs.
- Reverse Osmosis: Water is run through a membrane that includes a charcoal filter. It has the ability to remove everything from arsenic to chromium, lead and other contaminants.
- Carbon Block Filters: Water is run through a block of carbon. These filters take away most contaminants but not vital minerals.
If you’re worried about contaminated tap water in your home, contact Pure Water in Sacramento. We’ll send out a technician to test your water (even well water), inspect your plumbing and appliances, then make recommendations about what solution will work best for your unique situation.