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Common Water Quality Issues to Watch Out For

Common Water Quality Issues to Watch Out For

Water quality is important to everyone, but it is especially important to your drinking water. Contaminants in the water can pose a risk to the health of your family. While some effects are mild, some can be life threatening. Be on the lookout for these common culprits found in drinking water.

Bacteria

Bacteria can enter your drinking water in a variety of ways. The most common ways are from human or animal waste leaking into the water supply from nearby pastures, dog runs, farms or faulty sewage systems. It may also enter the water system from flood waters that become contaminated with raw sewage during a storm. Insects and dead animals in the well or water system can also introduce bacteria into the water.

Bacteria in the water is typically invisible -- it's odorless and tasteless. This means testing your water frequently is important to detecting disease-causing bacteria in your water supply. City water is often treated with chlorine to kill bacteria, but those with private wells and springs are responsible for testing their own water to determine its safety.

Methane Gas

Methane is a natural gas that can find its way into your water supply. Typically you'll find it in areas near bogs and wetlands, landfills, coal-producing formations and gas storage areas. Because methane is a gas that is lighter than air, it poses the risk of infiltrating your home via your water supply. It may also accumulate in air pockets at the top of your well or water supply systems. Methane gas is highly flammable.

Sulfur can taint your water, leaving it smelly and giving it a foul taste. It also can corrode pipes, cause scale and mineral deposits to form in your tub and shower and wreak havoc with your laundry.

Sulfur

Sulfur in your water releases a distinct rotten egg odor, so you definitely know it when it's there. When sulfur-reducing bacteria feed on naturally occurring sulfates in the water, it transforms into hydrogen sulfide. These bacteria thrive in oxygen-deprived water sources and generally flourish in the hot water tank of your water system. The resulting sulfur odor and residue can taint your water, leaving it smelly and giving it a foul taste. It can also corrode pipes, cause scale and mineral deposits to form in your tub and shower and wreak havoc with your laundry. 

Iron

Iron in your drinking water does not pose a health risk, but it does affect the color of your water and can lead to nasty stains on your laundry and bathroom fixtures. It typically comes from natural iron deposits in the earth’s crust, but it can also come from old iron pipes. If you notice rusty-orange stains in the bathroom or in your laundry, you likely have high levels of iron in your water. Iron can also affect the taste of your water and may affect your cooking.

Nitrates and Nitrites

Nitrates enter the water system in a variety of ways. They are a byproduct of many fertilizers and may drain into the groundwater from nearby farms, golf courses, parks and other areas where they are applied for agricultural purposes. They may also enter the water from landfills and wastewater disposal sites. They pose the greatest risk to the health of babies under six months old as the nitrates are transformed to nitrites in the digestive tract. Nitrites reduce the body’s ability to bind oxygen in the blood. Seniors are also at a high risk for problems with nitrites in the water supply.

Testing your water frequently for contaminants is important to maintaining a healthy water supply. If you have concerns about the quality of your water, contact us today and we can check it out!