What's In My Water?

Water is something that we use in our homes every single day. Whether we’re drinking it, washing clothes and dishes, or even making our coffee, it’s important to know what’s in our water and the health risks involved when we don’t have clean water.

Although city water goes through a filtration process before it enters our water supply, contaminants can still enter the water in many different ways. For example, if the water supply flows under farm land, pesticides that are used on the crops can enter the water through ground.

Top Water Contaminants To Be Concerned About

Having any contaminants in your water puts your health at risk. Although there are many commonly found contaminants, these contaminants are important to test your water for because they can cause serious health risks.
  • Chlorine - Usually not a concern, could be leftover from the treatment process of making water safe to drink. Too much, however, can cause serious health problems.
  • Petroleum/Gasoline/Turpentine - May be contaminated by an underground storage tank that is leaking gas, paint, or other harmful products into the water supply. Water that smells like this is not common, and you should contact your local health agency immediately.
  • Metals - Could be from traces of the metals from your pipes. Although iron is usually not a concern, too much copper could lead to copper poisoning.
  • Sulphur/Rotten Eggs - Caused by hydrogen sulfide in the water. Hydrogen sulfide comes from a bacteria in the water or somewhere in your water system.
  • Fish/Moldy Earth - There may be solid organic matter in your water that is starting to decay. You can do a simple test to see where the matter may be located. Put some water into a glass and swirl it. If the smell disappears after swirling, the matter may be in your sink drain. If it remains after swirling, the decay may be in the water supply itself.

Common Water Problems

Hard Water
The hardness of water is determined by how much calcium and magnesium it contains. There are several signs you can look for to tell if you have hard water:

  • Spots on your glasses and silverware when they come out of the dishwasher.
  • Mineral stains on your clothes left behind after washing them in the washing machine.
  • Feeling a film-like texture on your hands after watching them, requiring you to have to wash longer.
  • Lower water pressure throughout your home.


Bad Taste or Smell
Your water should be both tasteless and odorless. If you have foul-tasting water, there are several factors that could be contributing to the bad taste.

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Common Water Contaminants

Do you notice that your water seems ``off``? If your water tastes metallic, smells like rotten eggs, or leave spots and stain, you may have a water quality problem.

Hard Water

Do you notice spots on dishes, shower doors, or fixtures? Hard water is water that has a high
mineral content.

Chlorine & Chloramines

Does your water smell or taste like a swimming pool? Chlorine is a common disinfectant


Does your water taste metallic or do you notice reddish, rust-like stains? This can be caused by excess ferrous iron


Does your water taste metallic, look brackish or do you notice brownish stains? Similar to iron, manganese is a naturally occurring mineral…

Hydrogen Sulfide

Does your water smell like rotten eggs? Sulfur in your water supply is easily recognized by its offensive odor…

Sediment & Cloudy Water

Does your water look foggy or do you notice sand or dirt in your water? This cloudiness, or turbidity, is simply dirt or other suspended solids in your water.

Low pH

Does your water have a metallic taste or do you notice bluish-green stain inside your toilet tank or on your fixtures?


Arsenic in water can be hard to detect because it is both odorless and tasteless. It can be toxic even at low levels.


Lead differs from other contaminants in that it rarely occurs naturally in the raw water supply. Lead is more likely to become a problem after the water has left the treatment plant.


Nitrate is a naturally occurring form of nitrogren, essential for plant growth and often added to soil (fertilizer) to improve productivity. Excess levels can be harmful to both human and animal health.


Different types of organic matter (algae, mold, and bacteria) can make your water taste earthy or fishy.


A number of trace pharmaceuticals have been found in drinking water supplies. The impact on the people’s health remains unclear.

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Benefits of Clean Water

When you have clean, purified water, your health and wellness can be drastically improved. Clean water helps to flush away toxins in our bodies and helps our bodies perform optimally. It hydrates us better, gives us more energy, and improves our overall health.

Hard water can cause build-up in our hair. Showering with softened, purified water makes our hair smoother, cleaner, and healthier. It removed things like hair products and gently washes away excess natural oils we tend to build up over time.

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Not only does clean water make our clothes look brighter and feel softer, but it also helps our washing machines perform more efficiently. That means your clothes will be cleaner than they ever have before.

Just like with our hair, showering with clean water also has excellent benefits for our skin. It helps to wash away grime better, and makes our skin softer, cleaner, and overall healthier.

Clean water means things like calcium and hard metals aren’t going through our pipes and causing build-up. This extends the longevity of all of our appliances from our dishwasher to our coffee makers.

Fabric softener works to balance out the static in our clothes thats caused by hard water. With clean water, we can use less fabric softener since our clothes already come out with much less static. You will save money since you can use up to 50% less fabric softener in your wash.

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