Contaminated water can be connected to millions of illnesses in the US every year.
According to federal data, as many as 20% of the nation’s water treatment systems have violated important regulations intended to keep you safe.
Knowing the warning signs of contaminated water can help you protect your family. Let’s explore what to look for and when to get water testing Phoenix.
1. Clouded or Dark Water
One of the first things people notice is the appearance of the water. If the tap water appears cloudy or dark, it’s time to take a closer look.
Cloudy water can be the result of air getting trapped in the water. Air travels through the pipes with the water and doesn’t escape until it’s released from your faucet. If the cloudiness clears after the glass of water sits for several seconds, it’s likely just air.
If the water stays clouded, then it’s time to find out what’s clouding the water.
Dark water can indicate algae growth or minerals in the water. An orange or brown tint could suggest iron or manganese which can be harmful in larger doses. Men and children are particularly susceptible to iron poisoning but too much iron can cause health concerns in anyone.
If water is dark, don’t drink it.
Get it tested to determine what’s discoloring the water.
2. Strange Smell
When water leaves the tap or sits in your glass, you may notice a strong smell. The smell may be that of:
- Plant matter
While water testing Phoenix takes place at the city level, if you’re living in a rural area, you’re responsible for testing your water.
3. Old Pipes
If you have old pipes along with other symptoms we’ve discussed, then your pipes could be deteriorating and leaching dangerous chemicals into your water.
4. Well Water
If you have a well water system, your system should be checked at least once a year, regardless of any noticeable water symptoms.
Common contaminants/imbalances of well water include:
- e. Coli
- Dissolve solids (sodium, chloride, sulfate, plant matter)
Aside from the e. Coli (feces) that you never want in your water, you can expect all of these to be present in your well water to some extent. Water testing will help ensure they are at a safe level for your family’s consumption.
5. Neighbors Reporting a Water Problem
If the neighbors are reporting strange colors or odors in the water you’re not experiencing yet, that doesn’t mean you’re in the clear.
There could be a neighborhood-wide issue slowly working its way through the system. Testing is needed to determine what the issue is and how to address it.
6. Household Getting Sick
If your family is getting sick or staying sick, it could be the water. If you suspect your water is contaminated, get it checked immediately.
Some common symptoms/diseases linked to contaminated well water include:
- Stomach & intestinal upset
- Liver problems like Hepatitis A
- Kidney problems
- Intestinal parasites
- Arsenic poisoning
If you think your water may be contaminated, don’t wait to get sick before you get it tested. Each of these could lead to dangerous health concerns.
To schedule a water testing, contact us today.
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