Any parents heart will be warmed by seeing their kids playing in the water when taking a bath. This is time to have fun and sometimes at the same time even get some washing done. Sadly this scene may be less heartwarming if the recent information from the United States Geological Survey (USGS) applies to your area. A recent report has found harmful materials in many domestic water supplies that should be avoided. Let’s take a closer look at this issue and examine some ways to keep your family safe. 

What is the Extent of the Problem? 

A recent article released by the USGS has stated that some unwanted materials may be lurking in the domestic water supplies of many Americans. These contaminants include chloramine, fluoride, methane and sewage deposits, but these are not the only problem. It was also discovered that there were many harmful bacteria and viruses present along with some known carcinogens. Many of these contaminants are from human-made sources, but there was a natural source of concern as well. Arsenic is found in nature in soil, rocks and the groundwater that is in contact with them and it has been found in harmful quantities. This is very concerning; arsenic is a known carcinogen which can contribute to a variety of cancers. 

How Does Arsenic Get into the Water Supply? 

Arsenic can make its way into the groundwater and surface water supplies via a few different routes. Firstly rocks that contain arsenic minerals could be dissolved by the passage of water and added to it. Secondly, rainfall can cause runoff from mining waste and/or wood products treated with arsenic that is then added to the water. Finally, certain industrial processes involving ceramics or landfill leachate could also contribute to arsenic pollution in the water supply. 

Can the Water be Tested? 

Many of the contaminants present in our water supplies are not easy to detect using our normal senses. If you have hard water, this could be an indicator that your water is not the best quality and this can be corrected with a water softener. If you want to test for contaminants, you can contact your local water treatment specialist. These tests can give you some good information about your water, but they are not as accurate as a laboratory water test.  

Can Anything be Done? 

Yes, a final water treatment process that you control in your home will remove contaminants from your water. A whole house reverse osmosis system will clean and purify all the water that comes into your home from any source. This will water will be pristine for drinking, bathing, and cleaning in your home. Any inorganic solids will be removed by using pressure that forces the water through a membrane. The cleaned water is then safely stored in a water tank until you’re ready to use it. This will ensure that you have the best quality water possible and it will even taste better.

With more than 25 years experience in the residential and commercial water treatment space, Terry is a WQA (Water Quality Association) certified water specialist, LEVEL 3, as well as a WQA certified sales representative. Terry currently sits on EcoWater Systems (a Berkshire Hathaway Company) national Peers committee, as a water treatment expert advising other water professionals with less experience on best trade and technology practices. EcoWater Systems of Nebraska is one of the biggest water treatment and water delivery businesses in the state.