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As a child, I loved drinking water from the faucet. Now, I don’t even think about drinking tap water unless it has been filtered. I can’t even remember the last time I saw a family or friend drink from a faucet that didn’t have some type of water filter. There is a good reason for this. There are contaminants in water that if consumed can affect you and your family’s health. Let’s explore what these contaminants are and how they could make you sick.
The Types of Contaminants Found in Tap Water
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Viruses, chlorine, arsenic, cadmium, copper, lead, fluoride, mercury, nitrate, and uranium are examples of a few water contaminants that you have probably heard of. On the National Primary Drinking Water Regulations table, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has listed 87 possible contaminants. Some of them have no potential health effects, but most of them do if you experience long-term exposure. Contaminants can find their way into your tap water in many different ways, including animal and human waste, byproducts of water disinfection, erosion of natural deposits, and discharge from factories.
What Health Effects Can These Contaminants Have?
They can cause gastrointestinal illnesses such as diarrhea, vomiting, and cramping. Other known effects are liver, kidney, and central nervous system problems. Your risk of getting cancer can increase. Another negative health effect is that your reproductive system can be compromised. Infants and young children are at risk of their nervous systems becoming damaged.
How Can You Tell If Your Tap Water Is Contaminated?
According to the WQA.org, even though your water may look, smell, or taste okay, that doesn’t mean it is. Human senses can’t detect all contaminants. If you’re curious about what is in your water and whether it could lead to potential health issues, then you should have your water tested by a professional.
Getting Rid of Contaminants in Your Tap Water
Installing a filter on your faucet could get rid of many of these contaminants. However, to get rid of virtually all contaminants from your water, then you should consider installing a reverse osmosis filtration water system. I have one installed in my home, and it is amazing. When we have guests in our home, my husband and I serve them water without telling them about the system. Everyone always seems to comment on how good it tastes. Afterward, we always decide to let them in on our little secret.
In conclusion, even though the EPA and individual states regulate tap water to try to keep contaminants to a minimum, they can still cause you harm. If these contaminants are in your tap water and you continue to drink it over time, there will be a negative impact on your health. That is why knowing what could be in your water and how it could affect you and your family’s health is important. In having your water tested or installing a water filter, you are taking additional steps to protect your family.