Water pollution isn’t just an epidemic happening overseas, it’s right here, in our backyards. According to the experts at Green Water Technologies, the recent water crisis in Flint, Michigan, is not an isolated event. Read on to find out more about pollution and how to determine if your water is in the clear.
Q: Is all drinking water in the US treated for harmful chemicals?
Green Water Technologies: Not surprisingly, no. While around 85% of Americans get their water from a treated public supply, random testing has found everything from lead to parasites flowing from residential taps across the country.
Q: What are some common contaminants?
Green Water Technologies: Bacteria, including E.coli, as well as viruses and living organisms are all found in water. These natural contaminants are not alone, however, as manmade pollutants such as perchlorates – which can wreak havoc on thyroid production – are abundant. Heavy metals and bacteria from animal feces are also common.
Q: Are the chemicals used to treat “city” water?
Green Water Technologies: Most of the time, yes, but certain products can have unwanted side effects. Chlorine, for instance, may leave behind haloacetic acids that can cause reproductive health problems and even cancer, in high quantities. Chlorine may also interact with organic compounds and result in fatigue and concentration issues.
Q: How can I find out about the water quality in my hometown?
Green Water Technologies: If your water comes from a public source, call your utilities provider to inquire about testing documents and results. A Consumer Confidence Report is mailed out with most water bills once a year. If you get your water from a private source, you can find out about local testing services through the nearest Health Department. Keep in mind that once the water leaves the treatment facility, it may become exposed to toxins, heavy metals, and other unwanted contaminants.