As you can imagine, there are a lot of health risks that can come with drinking contaminated water. Sometimes, contaminated water can from an unprotected water source, such as a river or a stream, but that’s the more obvious cause of ingesting contaminated water. What a lot of people don’t immediately realize is that if you aren’t testing their privately owned well at least three times a year for contaminates, then you could be at risk. For those of us who have a municipal water supply as in a city or town water source, then it’s already regulated. But, if you own your own private well, then you may want to read further about avoiding water contaminate risks.
Health Risks Associated with Contaminated Water
There is a variety of health risks associated with poor water quality for your water supply. If you drink contaminated water, the risks could be anywhere from minor physical illness if it’s not that severe, but when it’s more serious, it could result in deathly illnesses. Some effects may be noticed immediately, while others can take a long time to trigger, even years, so you won’t even know there’s anything wrong. This can include stomach illnesses, such as vomiting, diarrhea, or general nausea, and the effects can be more or less extreme depending on the type and amount of the contaminant, the person’s age or health, and how much or how long the water was consumed.
Contaminated water isn’t always easy to spot, either. Sometimes it is odorless, has no irregular taste, or no extra color in it. Sometimes contaminated water can look brown, or generally discolored, and it’s a little more obvious that it’s not clean. The risk isn’t always easy to point out though, and contaminants found in the water can include nitrates, herbicides or pesticides, E. coli, or even total coliforms, all of which could be serious health risks if consumed.
So the question we need to ask is this: how do we avoid the risk of contaminated water altogether?
How to Avoid Contaminated Water
If you have a municipal water supply, as in your town or city supplies your water, then they are already regulating your water for you. The best way to make sure your private well water isn’t contaminated though is to get it tested regularly, and we suggest having up to three or more tests done per year to assure your water isn’t contaminated. Testing water can be complicated, so it’s best to leave it to the professionals to assure that your test can be done both easily and efficiently, and have the most accurate results. If you’d like to schedule an appointment to get your water tested, please give us a call at 1-800-642-0420 to assure the health of you and your family! If you’d like to learn more about how Aqua Pump can deliver you clean water, visit our services page to learn more.