Water Quality 101 The Most Common Water Pollutants

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Everyone hopes that their drinking water is pure and clean, but sometimes contaminants do get into the water. To keep your entire family safe, therefore, it is important to be aware of what these potential contaminants are and also take steps to ensure their removal from the water that you drink at home.

Below is a list of some of the most common water pollutants. Understanding them, as well as how they get into your water supply in the first place, and knowing what they can do if you ingest them is the first step in cleaning up your water supply.


Lead is a type of metal that is detrimental to human health. Children and infants are especially susceptible to its effects. It can result in delays in your child’s development, both on the physical and mental levels, and children may also begin to suffer from attention deficit disorder as well as show difficulties learning new things. It adults, it can also target the kidneys, as well as cause high blood pressure. Lead can occur as a result of household plumbing systems corroding, so maintaining your plumbing system throughout your home is the first step in eliminating the risk of lead in your water supply.


Too much chlorine in your water supply can lead to stomach problems, as well as irritations of the eyes and nose. Although it is added to public water supplies in order to kill microbes, there are ways to filter it out using household filters if you want to reduce your exposure to it.


Giardia is one type of microorganism that can be found in water. It is spread through the fecal waste of both people and animals. This parasite will settle into the digestive tract and cause a variety of gastrointestinal problems, such as diarrhea, cramping, and vomiting. Although it is often diagnosed in animals that have been drinking standing water outside, it can also infect humans. To ensure that your water does not contain this parasite, you can bring your water to a boil before using it or use a filtration system.


The really frightening fact about arsenic is that it is known to be a cancer-causing agent. It can occur in water supplies as a result of runoff from the production of glass and electronics, erosion of natural deposits, and orchard runoffs. When exposed to it, common symptoms include ailments of the circulatory system and skin damage.

E. Coli

E. Coli and other fecal coliforms may be able to contaminate water supplies as a result of human and animal waste. Because these contaminants can cause short-term gastrointestinal illness in people who drink it, the water needs to be disinfected in order to kill off the bacteria first.

Water contaminants come in a variety of forms, including parasites, heavy metals, and other toxins. Although there are a variety of potential contaminants in your water, there are ways to take charge and make sure that your water is safe enough for your entire family.

Ted Williams is an employee at Rhodes Pump Service, which offers well water filtration services. He enjoys testing his potential and he is very passionate about adventure sports.

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