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Is Your Water Safe? 5 Common Tap Water Contaminants
Wednesday, January 20, 2021

How safe is the water being used in your facility? We often take drinking water for granted, but there may be times when the water we use is not drinkable. If you notice water that is discolored or has a strange smell, you may wonder ‘is the tap water contaminated?’

If you listen to the Environmental Protection Agency, you’ll hear that the United States has some of the world’s most reliable and safest drinking water. There may be times, however, when you may notice an odd color or taste in your water.

But what are the signs your tap water is contaminated?

In this article, we’ll look at the five most common tap water contaminants and what you can do about them.

1. Chlorine

Chlorine is often used in water to control microbes. It gets added to the water by municipal water systems. It is possible to absorb Chlorine by drinking it, as well as through contact with your skin while washing or bathing.

Chlorine can cause dry skin and hair while bringing irritation to your skin, eyes, and nose.

If you have chlorine in your water, your company should consider further water filtration.

2. Lead

Even in low doses, lead can cause damage to health. It is a toxic metal that can occasionally be found in tap water. This could be due to corrosion of pipes and plumbing systems or the erosion of natural deposits in the water.

The levels of lead found in water will depend on how long the water will have been exposed to pipes as well as the levels of corrosion.

You company may need to consider having carbon filters fitted to your water system.

3. Pesticides and Herbicides

Pesticides enter the water via the sewers and drainage systems. There are a lot of different potential compounds which may have varying impacts upon your health.

Herbicides find their way into the water system through rainfall and irrigation that wash herbicides from farms into rivers and lakes. One commonly used herbicide is Atrazine, which can affect hormone levels and reproductive organs.

4. Mercury

This liquid metal can be sometimes found in a range of different natural deposits. It enters the water system through the erosion of natural deposits, as well as discharge from factories and runoff from landfills

Long-term exposure to mercury over a long period of time could cause kidney damage.

5. Volatile Organic Compounds

Volatile organic compounds include a range of different chemicals that may be given off as a gas. When water gets heated up and turns into vapor, your body might absorb these contaminants.

Avoiding Tap Water Contaminants

With the right testing equipment, you’ll be able to ascertain what contaminants are in the tap water your company is utilizing.

Tap water contaminants can be harmful, that’s why we design and manufacture analytical instruments that detect water quality issues.

Get in touch today to learn more about the equipment we have on offer.

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