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DO YOU KNOW WHAT IS IN YOUR WATER
Water is the essence of life. Hydrogen and oxygen combined are a miracle of life. A person can live only about 3 days without water. We all drink water multiple times every day. Sadly, almost all the water we drink is contaminated. Though water systems do focus on providing clean water there is still contamination of some level in all water systems. A wide variety of issues can lead to contamination including the water source and improperly maintained or aged distribution systems.
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Safe Drinking Water Act requires municipalities to test water supplies once, twice, or several times per year, depending on the potential contaminants and the size of the population served.
People can suffer health effects from contaminants. High levels can have acute impact in hours or days, yet chronic effects can come from consuming contaminants over an extended time. Microbes, bacteria, and viruses can reach harmful levels in water is not properly treated. In addition chemical contaminants that enter the water systems through solvents, pesticides, and disinfection products; and minerals dissolved in the water (such as arsenic, aluminum, cadmium, mercury) can lead to chronic effects including, kidney and liver problems, reproductive challenges, and cancer.
Your water does have contaminants. All home water systems do have some contaminants. If you would like to find out more about water contamination and it’s impact go to:
Click on the button below to learn specifically what contaminants are in your water.
LEARN WHAT IS IN YOUR WATER
Since 2012 the ENVIRONMENTAL WORKING GROUP (EWG) has collected reports of pollutants in tap water into a database that shares the results of 32 million state water records. Click on the link and discover what contaminants have been measured in your water.
In addition to microbial contamination many water systems have chemical contamination that makes the water “hard”. High levels of calcium, magnesium, and other alkaline minerals make it hard to wash things and causes alkaline deposits to build up in plumbing and appliances.
If you’re noticing any of the following signs of hard water, it might be time to install a water softener:
- Cloudy or discolored water
- Scale buildup on showerheads and faucets
- Plumbing corrosion due to mineral deposits or acidity
- Scum on bathtubs, sinks, and showers
- Spots and streaks on dishes after dishwasher
- Clothes that are stiff after washing
- Skin dry and irritated
- Dull hair that is hard to soften
Affordable Watersoft has a solution that can make your water soft, removing the alkaline mineral contamination.
There are several key resources consumers can access to better understand the quality of their water. They include:
WATER QUALITY ASSOCIATION
U.S. Environmental Protection Agency
View your water system’s CONSUMER CONFIDENCE REPORT
If your home is served by a community water system, you are entitled to view a copy of your municipality’s Consumer Confidence Report (CCR). The reports are due to customers by July 1 of each year, yet not all communities report consistently. The
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