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
Common Water Problems
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 spots on dishes, shower doors, or fixtures? Hard water is water that has a high
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…
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.
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.
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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