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3 Surprising Dangers of Drinking Contaminated Water
Monday, April 19, 2021

29% of the global population don't have a managed drinking water service with contaminant-free water in an accessible area. This means they are drinking contaminated water regularly.

While it may not seem like a big concern to anyone that has only had access to filtered, safe water in their life, contaminated water is a huge health concern.

What is so bad about it? Why is it unhealthy? What types of problems does contaminated water cause?

If you want to learn about the top 3 dangers of drinking contaminated water, keep reading below and find out what you need to know.

1. Disease Transmission

Drinking contaminated water can lead to various diseases. It's important for the general public to know about the negative health effects of contaminated water and why having safe drinking water is crucial for wellness.

If you're already in poor health or are dealing with medical conditions, the effects of drinking contaminated water may be worse. Your age, physical condition, and more may impact how likely you are to get sick and how sick you actually get.

Some waterborne conditions to be aware of include:

  • Gastroenteritis
  • Nausea
  • Intestinal pain
  • Ammonia poisoning
  • Diarrhea
  • Liver problems
  • Kidney problems
  • Pneumonia
  • Stomach cramps

Drinking contaminated water for long periods of time can even lead to death. Remember that even if you don't have any obvious symptoms, you can still experience illnesses in some forms.

2. Impacts of Contaminant Types

Drinking contaminated water will lead to disease because of the types of contaminants in the water.

Some of the things that you could find in contaminated water include:

  • Heavy metals
  • Parasites
  • Pesticides
  • Fertilizer
  • Animal waste
  • Human waste

There are also instances where viruses and bacteria in water have been detected, easily getting you sick.

In the United States, the Safe Drinking Water Act was passed in 1974 and amended in 1996 by Congress. It enforces healthy drinking water standards and doesn't allow for harmful contaminants in water available to the public.

3. Dehydration

It may seem odd that drinking any water, contaminated or not, would lead to dehydration, but it's the truth.

If you're drinking dirty water, you can become dehydrated by illness. You may also become dehydrated because you don't enjoy it as much, so you drink much less of it.

Dehydration is a serious concern because much of our body is made up of water. Almost every function in our body requires water. Without it, we can suffer from some serious physical and mental health problems.

If contaminated water is your only option, follow a boil water advisory's rules to make it safer to drink.

Understand the Dangers of Drinking Contaminated Water

Drinking contaminated water is not a good idea, but if you must drink it, do it safely as possible by boiling it first.

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