The human body is made up of 70% water and requires a daily supply of fresh clean water in order to survive. The fact is, water quality and health are closely linked. Simply put, bad water is bad for you. Safe water is the key to life!
Water Quality and Good Health
Water quality and health are closely linked. In fact, the CDC recommends drinking eight 8-ounce glasses of water every day to maintain health. According to the CDC, a partial list of the top causes of disease outbreaks related to drinking water are hepatitis A, norovirus, Giardia , and Shigella. Along with bacteria and viruses, there are serious health risks associated with certain heavy metals, organic and inorganic materials and other pollutants.
Some studies have linked high levels of naturally occurring compounds like lead in drinking water to delays in physical and mental development, as well as learning disabilities and shortened attention spans in children. Arsenic, another commonly occurring natural contaminant can lead to skin, heart, nerve and blood vessel damage. Cryptosporidium, a natural parasite has been known to cause potentially life-threatening diarrhea.
Water Treatment Options
There are many affordable options for eliminating viruses, bacteria, parasites, organic and inorganic compounds from your water supply. If you receive your water from a well, there are whole house, point of entry water treatment systems that can treat your water before it enters your home's plumbing. If you specifically seek purified drinking water, point of use water treatment systems like activated carbon filtration or reverse osmosis systems can provide you with pure, clean drinking water at a very reasonable cost.
It’s important to have a complete water analysis done before purchasing any water treatment system. The system's size and method of treatment are determined by the conditions needing remediation. Most systems can handle a variety of contaminants, and if you know exactly where the problem lies, you can fit the system to the issue. A qualified well water contractor can handle the analysis of your water and recommend the appropriate options for remediation.
Pure Water is Good For Appliances Too!
A whole house system cannot only be beneficial for your health, but it can also prolong the life of appliances too! Softened water can save you money by keeping appliances running at top efficiency, requiring fewer repairs. Adding a simple water softener to remove minerals from your water supply can prolong the life and prevent clogging of shower heads, faucets, and drains.
A 2009 study by the Water Quality Research Foundation ran dishwashers and washing machines for 30 days straight and 240 complete cycles. Half the machines used hard water while the other half ran softened water. At the end of the test, the machines that used hard water had significant scaling and required a thorough cleaning to continue working. The equipment that used the softened water had little to no scale buildup.
Clean, pure water is beneficial to your health and the health of your appliances. Plumbing and fixtures. Water treatment options are available to address every possible issue with your water quality, whether it’s naturally occurring arsenic, bacteria, viruses, minerals, or other organic and inorganic compounds and heavy metals. The best solution is to contact your well water contractor to learn more about your options and the costs of installing a system.