More on Contaminants in Water

We recently blogged on the importance of drinking clean water and the effects of contaminants in the water have on the body. People are increasingly concerned about the safety of their drinking water so this is a subject we will continue to research, get facts and blog about to keep you updated and informed. Clear Water Treatment is all about creating awareness and empowering you the reader and homeowner with all the necessary facts, details and information about the water you drink and what you can do to have the safest water possible.

What is in your drinking water? The only way to know is to have it tested.

Drinking water can become contaminated at the original water source, during treatment, or during distribution to the home.

Possible Health Effects of Contaminants in Water

The risk of poisoning to death by toxic substances is not considered immediate even for heavily polluted water because the concentration in Contaminated-water is generally not high enough. However in certain cases the levels of contaminants in drinking Contaminated-water might be sufficient to cause nausea, lung irritation, skin rash, vomiting or dizziness.

Chronic health effects are more likely to be caused by Contaminants. These effects become observable long after repeated ingestion of small amounts of chemicals took place.

Examples of chronic health effects that could be attributed to contaminants in Contaminated-water include cancer, liver and kidney damage, disorders of the nervous system, damage to the immune system, and birth defects.

Four Groups of Contaminants

Microbial Pathogens. Pathogens in drinking water are serious health risks. Pathogens are disease-producing micro-organisms, which include bacteria (such as giardia lamblia), viruses, and parasites. They get into drinking water when the water source is contaminated by sewage and animal waste, or when wells are improperly sealed and constructed. They can cause gastroenteritis, salmonella infection, dysentery, shigellosis, hepatitis, and giardiasis (a gastrointestinal infection causing diarrhea, abdominal cramps, and gas). The presence of coliform bacteria, which is generally a harmless bacteria, may indicate other contamination to the drinking water system.

Organics. People worry the most about potentially toxic chemicals and metals in water. Only a few of the toxic organic chemicals that occur drinking water are regulated by drinking water standards. This group of contaminants includes:

  • Trihalomthanes (THMs), which are formed when chlorine in treated drinking water combines with naturally occurring organic matter.
  • Pesticides, including herbicides, insecticides, and fungicides.
  • Volatile organic chemicals (VOCs), which include solvents, degreasers, adhesives, gasoline additives, and fuels additives. Some of the common VOCs are: benzene, trichloroethylene (TCE), styrene, toluene, and vinyl chloride. Possible chronic health effects include cancer, central nervous system disorders, liver and kidney damage, reproductive disorders, and birth defects.

Inorganics. These contaminants include toxic metals like arsenic, barium, chromium, lead, mercury, and silver. These metals can get into your drinking water from natural sources, industrial processes, and the materials used in your plumbing system. Toxic metals are regulated in public water supplies because they can cause acute poisoning, cancer, and other health effects.

Nitrate is another inorganic contaminant. The nitrate in mineral deposits, fertilizers, sewage, and animal wastes can contaminate water. Nitrate has been associated with “blue baby syndrome” in infants.

Radioactive Elements. Radon is a radioactive contaminant that results from the decay of uranium in soils and rocks. It is usually more of a health concern when it enters a home as a soil gas than when it occurs in water supplies. Radon in air is associated with lung cancer.

As people hear about the possibility of contaminants in their drinking water, they worry about potential health effects. Water supplies once considered to be pure may have various contaminants, often from natural sources. These are usually at levels below those considered to be harmful.

Reverse Osmosis Systems

Reverse Osmosis (RO) treatment is used to reduce the levels of:

  • naturally occurring substances that cause the water supplies to be unhealthy or unappealing (foul tastes, smells or colors).
  • substances that have contaminated the water supply resulting in possible adverse health effects or decreased desirability.
  • total dissolved solids and suspended matter.

Whether you are looking for an R.O. System for under your sink or to supply your whole house, the systems work basically the same way. There is a pre-filter to trap the large debris or sediment in your water, protecting the workhorse of the system, the membrane.

The membrane separates the water, where the purest water goes through the membrane pores and to a storage tank while the high solids in the water are too large to fit through the pores and they are sent to drain. Then, the good water in the storage tank goes through a final filter to raise the pH and polish the water for an excellent, clean taste. Whether it’s city or well water, home or a commercial workplace.

If you are concerned, test your water. For more information on water quality, testing, and treatment, please contact Clear Water Treatment, Inc. at  239-458-5597 today!

We specialize in Water Softeners, Reverse Osmosis Systems, Carbon Filtration Systems, Water Purification, and Drinking Water Systems in the Southwest Florida area. Our systems eliminate hard water, chlorine, taste and odors, yellow water, and sulfuric odors.

Please feel free to give us a call at 239-458-5597 if you have additions questions we can answer or to find out how you can get on the road to cleaner, clearer, healthier water! We would like to take this opportunity to invite you to like our facebook fanpage, follow us on twitter, connect to us on linkedin, subscribe to our newsletter and blog if you haven’t already done so!

Let us design and install a water treatment system for you! Call us at 239.458.5597.


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Clear Water Treatment will analyze your water situation and adjust your system, or advise you of any changes that you may need to make. With 30 years working with Southwest Florida water, you can be confident that you will receive an accurate assessment of your water problems and treatment solution(s) at a fair price.
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