Most Americans get their water from a municipal supplier after it’s been cleaned to a basic standard at the nearest treatment plant. We take our supply of clean water for granted and it’s true that our drinking water is some of the safest globally. But, mistakes do occur, the situation is not perfect and there are times when our water supply is not safe to use. For this reason, many people have chosen to install their own water filtration systems as a final barrier and to improve their water quality. In this article, we will take a look at the scale of our water quality issues and what you can do to prevent these problems in your home.
How Does Water Regulation Work?
The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is the federal agency charged with the regulation of American drinking water standards in accordance with the Safe Water Drinking Act of 1974. The EPA requires every US public water supplier to adhere to set levels of water quality with annual reporting and consumer confidence reports. The levels of contaminants should be detailed and available for public review.
In practice, this sounds great, but violations occur regularly and many water systems contain certain contaminants that the EPA doesn’t even recognize as a health threat. If your water is supplied from a private well, there is no EPA oversight at all. Contaminations can occur naturally from minerals and from human activity, including agriculture and industrial processes. Another key issue is our aging water delivery infrastructure with older pipes that are cracked, broken and vulnerable to bacterial threats.
The Scale of the Water Quality Problems
It’s estimated that almost 77 million people have received their drinking water from a water system that violates the EPA protections in America over the past 5 years. There are many water suppliers that don’t make regular reports, they fail to test water properly and some laws are simply ignored entirely. Many Americans that use private wells fail to test their water for harmful contaminants annually, which exposes them to illnesses. Some common water contaminants include arsenic, heavy metals, chlorine byproducts, nitrates, nitrites, pathogens, pharmaceuticals, perchlorates, VOCs and more.
What is the Solution?
As you can see, the EPA seems to have an uneven approach when it comes to ensuring water quality and safety. For this reason, many people have adopted a proactive approach by installing their own water treatment systems. But, which system is the best one to meet your needs? This can be a difficult question to answer because the makeup of your water can be very different depending on where you live and the activities in your area. A water test is recommended to examine the water makeup and determine the contaminants that are present. This will help you to make informed decisions on the water filtration systems that will be effective to treat your incoming water supply.
If you want to learn more about water testing and filtration systems for your home, contact your local water treatment specialist today.
By EcoWater Systems.
EcoWater Systems of Nebraska is the largest water treatment company in the state and is a member of Water Quality Association.