When City Treated Water Isn’t Good Enough
Let’s face it: government standards aren’t always the equivalent of our own. While the water put through a water treatment plant may be deemed safe to drink, by the time it travels through the pipes and into your home, the results may be very different from your expectations.
Contaminants have left over 20 percent of water systems in the United States in violation of the Safe Drinking Water Act. Combine that number with the information released about pharmaceuticals that have found their way into our drinking water, as well as the chlorine used to protect against bacteria and other contaminants, it’s no wonder we find ourselves looking for cleaner solutions.
The Truth About Chlorinated Water
For city water supplies, chlorinating the water is necessary for disinfection and it must stay in the water while it is being distributed. But once it reaches your home, it is no longer needed. In addition to the unpleasant taste and smell of chlorinated water, many have heard about the possible side-effects of drinking chlorinated water, including:
- Various Kidney Problems
- Liver Problems
- Elevated Risk of Miscarriage
- Elevated Risk of Cancer
- Weakened Immune System
- And More…
Chlorine, chloramine, and other organics are also known to dry out skin and hair as well as rubber seals found in water-using appliances. However, because it is necessary to kill off bacteria and other contaminants during distribution, it remains in the water upon arrival to your home.
City Water Often Equals Hard Water
There’s also the issue of hard water. Contrary to what many believe, city water supplies are frequently hard and contain high amounts of calcium and magnesium. If the water supply is softened before it gets to your home, it usually is not “zero soft” by the time you use it. The only way to achieve true soft water is through a water softener.
Hard water is frustrating and can often lead to problems with your piping and home machinery that uses plumbing to operate, such as your washer. This is because of the water’s mineral density. Soap doesn’t dissolve like it should in hard water, and it has a tendency to dry out skin, hair, and even rubber linings.
Have Problems With Your City Water?
We can help. We’ll test your water, see if it contains anything of concern, and then recommend any needed solutions. A free water analysis is a great way to get started. Contact us to schedule yours today by calling 888-660-6659.