Common Contaminants in Tap Water and What You Can Do About Them

Our drinking water is precious to us; after all, we need water to survive. And the cleaner the water, the tastier it is, which in turn makes us drink more of it! But if water is contaminated, we are not keen on using it for consumption purposes. Not only can contaminated water taste unpleasant, it can also be hazardous to our health. Fortunately, there are many initiatives, processes, resources, and solutions to poor-tasting or contaminated drinking water.

Continue reading to learn some of the most common drinking water contaminants, as well as, what you can do to prevent them from developing in your personal supply.

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Indianapolis Water Purification Service 317-749-0949

Contaminated Drinking Water

The most commonly-found and treated contaminants in drinking water is actually a long list; but this does not mean that your water is contaminated with all of them. Every property’s water condition varies depending on various factors. Such contaminants include chlorine, arsenic, sulfur, organic matter, inorganic matter, microbial pathogens, and potentially (but rate), even radioactive elements. Scale is another form of contaminant, but it mostly affects appliances and plumbing rather than our personal health. Look below for a brief discussion of each exampled contaminant.

❧ Organic Matter – There are several organics byproducts that can pollute our local water supply. These include pesticides, herbicides, insecticides, and fungicides. They also commonly include Volatile Organic Chemicals (VOCs), which are solvents, de-greasers, gasoline additives, and other similar constituents. Trihalomethanes are common as well. They are the byproduct of chlorine combined with natural organic matter.

Inorganic Matter – Arsenic, barium, chromium, lead, and mercury are examples of inorganic matter found in natural water sources. The degree of contamination varies from region to region.

Microbial Pathogens – Microbial pathogens are disease-producing micro-organisms like bacteria, viruses, and parasites.

❧ Radioactive Elements – Radioactive elements are contaminants that result from the decay of uranium in soils and rocks.  

❧ Scale – Scale is a common water contaminant that can be seen from within the home. Scale is a buildup of hard mineral ions like calcium, magnesium, and iron. It appears as a white cloudy film on pipes, appliances, plumbing fixtures, dinnerware, and more.

Chlorine – Although chlorine is a proven method to disinfect water supplies, there have been a few issues found with having too much chlorine in your tap water. For instance, when chlorine mixes with other elements, it creates chlorination “byproducts” called Trihalomethanes (THM’s), which can cause adverse health effects like red blood cell damage.

Arsenic – Arsenic is a naturally-occurring semi-metallic element. Since it forms naturally in the Earth’s crust, it has easy access to the soil, water, and even crops. Although traces of arsenic are normal, larger amounts can be quite detrimental to our health and more.

Sulfur – When well water smells like rotten eggs, it is due to the presence of hydrogen sulfide gas, which is produced in well water when sulfur-bacteria breaks down sulfur and other organic compounds, such as vegetation. This process can occur in groundwater, water lines, and even water heaters.

How to Treat Contaminated Water:

You need an Indianapolis water purification expert to test your water supply and provide the proper remedies and solutions needed to get your property on the right track.

Soft Water Indianapolis 317-749-0949
Soft Water Indianapolis 317-749-0949

Contact Soft Water By Weilhammer Plumbing at 317-749-0949 for professional and affordable water purification in Indianapolis, Indiana. We provide cost-effective solutions for hard water and water purification, including water filtration, reverse osmosis, and water softening for both residential and commercial properties.

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