Drinking Water Contamination
Are you satisfied with the quality of water coming into your home? By law it should be of a quality that is perfectly suitable for drinking. However, with the incredible amount of pollution that has been introduced into our water supply it is difficult to foresee when we will be able to enjoy fresh clear water again. In the meantime, we have to be aware of the health problems that can arise from these drinking water contamination causes.
I do not suppose that anyone thought that disposing of those unwanted chemicals down the drain would eventually affect their water supply. Unfortunately, the action of countless individuals performing this same action has turned this into a drinking water contamination problem.
Even so, the size of this pollution pales in comparison to the contribution from major industries. These are on record as dumping large amounts of toxic material into the ground. These very same pollutants have turned up in the water supply of local communities.
Although the EPA has set maximum contaminant levels (MCLs) this is no guarantee that your drinking water is not contaminated in excess of these limits. There are periodic tests carried out on drinking water, but problems arise when large amounts of contamination are illegally dumped into the river or waterway. The danger lies in the fact that no one knows it is there until something happens to raise the alarm.
You should also consider that these MCL levels are based on the effect the chemical would have on a full grown adult. There are no safety levels for children, who do not have fully developed immune systems, and yet they are subject to the same levels of pollution as adults.
It has been discovered that drinking water contamination causes an increased risk of disease and learning disorders in later years in children. Lead, which can come from natural causes or your household pipes and fittings, is another contaminant that can cause deficiency in learning and attention span. In addition it has also been linked to physical and mental retardation.
Even the chemicals we use to disinfect our drinking water cause by-products called THMs (Trihalomethanes) which can be responsible for liver, kidney and central nervous system problems. In addition to this they also increase our risk of cancer.
Consider another chemical which we have used for many years - Fluoride - it is actually classed as a drug. Whilst undoubtedly it does kill bacteria on teeth, it does have its side effects. Provided that you use fluoride in a toothpaste or mouth wash you will have no ill effects. However, if you ingest fluoride, for example, if your water has been fluoridated then this could be detrimental to your health. Children are the most vulnerable as they tend to drink more per pound of body weight than an adult. All this can be very worrying. I am sure that you that you would want to remove any trace of contamination from your drinking water. The easiest way is to install a home filtration unit. There are numerous models to choose from, the most popular and effective are the active carbon filtration systems. They are inexpensive so why not check one out today?