In the last couple of years, we have seen news story after news story highlighting the dangers of tap water. Some cities have made headlines because they’ve failed to test their drinking water altogether, while the tap water in other cities has been found to contain lead and harmful microorganisms. Here are some of the top dangers that are present with unfiltered tap water in Granite City, IL.
Probable Human Carcinogens
The Environmental Working Group, an environmental watchdog agency, conducted 201 water tests in 43 states. In every sample of water, they found contaminants that are currently labeled as “probable human carcinogens.” This suggests that the chemicals used to clean the water for public use may be just as dangerous as the microorganisms that they’re destroying. Contaminants present in the water supply, such as organic particles from animals or dead leaves, react with chemicals used for treatment. This creates untested toxic byproducts.
For most people, drinking water is one of the main routes of exposure to lead contamination. Oftentimes, lead ends up in drinking water when it passes through lead service pipes that have corroded. Lead pipes and plumbing solder were approved by national plumbing codes until the 1980s. This means that you may be at an elevated risk of lead poisoning if you drink water straight from the tap.
Almost all public water uses chlorine as a disinfectant. Unfortunately, it’s not uncommon for the chlorine content to be higher than that of a swimming pool. Chlorine exacerbates respiratory problems like asthma and pneumonia, and causes magnesium deficiencies. This can result in migraines, elevated blood pressure, and chemical sensitivities.
These are just a few of the contaminants that can be present in tap water. Today’s water filtration systems are highly effective in filtering out microorganisms, chemicals, and other contaminants. At Morrison Plumbing, we can help you identify any risks that may be present in your water. In fact, we even install water purifiers for your entire home! Contact us today to learn more about the services we provide or to schedule your consultation with one of our licensed, experienced plumbers.