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5 Steps to Take if You Detect Polluted Water
Monday, September 14, 2020

Clean water is not only important for the taste; it's important for our health. Drinking or bathing in dirty water is associated with a host of both acute and long-term health complications including death. This can negatively impact your business and workers.

Water does not have to appear murky to be considered contaminated. If you're worried about the quality of your water, read this quick guide to learn what to do if you detect polluted water in your facility.

1. Check for Changes in Water Temperature

Aquatic organisms and parasites thrive most in water at certain temperatures. Weather conditions and facilities that have groundwater inflows or discharges from urban sources are likely to experience sporadic changes in temperature.

The ideal temperature from Spring to Fall is 22-35 degrees Celsius and from Fall to Spring, 2-27 degrees Celsius.

2. Test pH

pH tests measure how acid or basic water is. Sewer overflows and chemical spills can drop the pH. Air pollution, gases, and rain are more likely to raise the pH. A level of 7 is neutral, and the ideal pH ranges from 4.0 to 9.0.

Staying within the proper pH is most important for facilities that work with aquatic animals. Water pH beyond either range can kill the species you want to raise.

3. Complete Titration Tests

Titration tests provide comprehensive data about the quality of your water. It can check the hardness, carbon dioxide levels, and dissolved oxygen (DO). DO is one of the most important tests. The higher the water temperature is, the fewer gas that gets dissolved.

Oxygen levels should be between 0.2-10 ppm while C02 should be around 0-50 ppm. Chlorine may also be measured (normally 0-200 ppm)

4. Complete Colorimetric Tests

Colorimetric tests are another way to test water quality. They test water pH along with sulfide, silica, phosphate, ammonia-nitrogen, and nitrate-nitrogen levels. Monitoring nitrates help control eutrophication, which causes excessive plant growth and decay.

Industrial companies are most susceptible to high ammonia levels. Agricultural facilities may have high levels of nutrients related to fertilizers (containing phosphorus and nitrogen) and animal by-products (nitrogen). Industrial pollution, sewer systems, and landfills also contribute to nitrogen levels.

5. Pollutants to Look Out for

Knowing the type of pollutant you have in your water will help you find out how to address and resolve the problem. There are 5 primary types you should monitor: microbial, inorganic material, organic material, thermal, and macroscopic.

Microbial pathogens can cause diseases like Norovirus, E. Coli, and Salmonella. Inorganic materials are chemical waste products and heavy metals like copper and arsenic. Organic materials include herbicides and insecticides.

Thermal pollution can decrease oxygen levels and kill aquatic species in your facility, nor is it safe to drink. Macroscopic pollutants are the easiest to spot with the naked eye. It's usually dumped waste that negatively affects water quality.

Detect Polluted Water in Your Facility

The water we drink and absorb should be safe, but more than 93% of the water in America is polluted. Most working facilities are found to have 20-130 contaminants in their water.

If you want to detect polluted water, you should complete a series of tests to unveil pollutants. Cleaning polluted water is crucial. You can get your water tested by contacting us today.

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