Category: water treatment
Common Water ContaminantsSome contaminants may not even be immediately recognizable by taste or sight, which makes it all the more important to know about the usual suspects in water contamination. Take a look and see what could potentially find its way into your drinking water:
- Magnesium: Concentrations of magnesium more than 125 mg can have a laxative effect if consumed and also contain higher elements of lime scale. This contaminant, along with calcium, is also highly complicit in the creation of hard water.
- Aluminum: Though low levels of aluminum will have no real impact on your health, there are far greater long-term effects if aluminum levels are high enough. Larger intakes of this contaminant have been traced to Alzheimer’s and other brain impairing functions.
- Copper: The same makeup of the pennies in your piggy bank can also wreak havoc on your drinking water. Consuming water with copper can lead to stomach irritation and vomiting. In addition, it has a bitter taste that’s hard to get down!
- Arsenic: The scariest aspect of this contaminant is that more than 700 community water treatment facilities don’t have any regulations that deal with it. Exposure can lead to serious skin problems and increase the risk of cancer.
- Mercury: Consuming water with higher levels of mercury can lead to kidney and liver damage, effects on brain functioning, and even result in trouble with memory or vision.
- Fluoride: Fluoride is actually pretty helpful in removing plaque and preventing tooth decay. Larger intakes of fluoride in your drinking water, however, can lead to tooth enamel destruction, brittle bones and joint pain.