Other water issues
A 2008 Associated Press five-month investigation found pharmaceuticals in drinking water The drugs discovered included sex hormones, anti-epileptics, cardiac medications, cholesterol medications, drugs used to treat depression and mental illness, painkillers, mood altering drugs, tranquilizers, antibiotics, and caffeine.
At current levels, these drug residues are unlikely to pose an immediate risk to human health, but the long-term consequences of individual chemicals, and combinations of chemicals, are unknown, especially as concentrations rise.
What can we do to remove the Pharmaceuticals in Drinking Water?
Unfortunately, waste water treatment methods used in Canada just aren’t designed to remove most of the drugs, and much of the pharmaceutical contaminated water is from nonpoint sources and is never treated. Prevention is the best strategy for reducing contamination by pharmaceuticals in drinking water. Individuals can minimize overuse and misuse of drugs and return unused medications to pharmacies, rather than dump them down a drain.
What is lead?
Lead is a toxic metal that was used for years in many products found in and around the home can cause some water issues.. Even at low levels, lead may cause a range of health effects including behavioral problems and learning disabilities.
Uses for lead.
Lead was used in household plumbing materials or in water service lines used to bring water from the main water line to the home. A prohibition on lead in plumbing materials has been in effect since 1986.
How do I know if my home has a lead water service connection?
In Canada, lead piping has not been used for water service lines since at least 1955.
If your home was built prior to 1955 it may or may not have a lead service line, as lead was one of a number of different pipe materials used in the past.
Low-level effects could include increased risk of developing: kidney damage and disease; increases in blood pressure; anemia; reduced sperm count and fertility; and future risk of osteoporosis in exposed children.
People who are exposed to lead for an extended period of time are at a risk of developing certain adverse health effects. Symptoms of adverse effects to the nervous system, the primary target organ for lead, include forgetfulness, tiredness, headache, changes in mood and behaviour, lower IQ, decreased hand dexterity and weakness of arms, legs, wrists, fingers or ankles.
Taste and Odor
SEASONAL TASTE AND ODOR ISSUES IN DRINKING WATER
There are a few reasons why your drinking water may have a slight taste or odor, the two most common are caused by sitting/standing water and the time of year.
Problem: The water has been sitting for an extended period of time.
Solution: Open your taps to allow fresh water to enter your plumbing system. If your hot water has a musty odor, the hot water tank may need to be drained and flushed.
Time of Year
Problem: It is happening in late summer or early fall. Lake algae can cause your water to have a musty or earthy taste and odor during the late summer or early fall months. When algae die, they release a harmless organic chemical that gives off a musty or earthy smell.
Solution: Municipal filters remove these problems in most cases, but may not remove all mustiness in cases of extreme algae growth.
Fluoride is a natural element that is found in soil, water (both fresh and salt) and in various foods.
Fluoridation is a process of adjusting the concentration of fluoride in drinking water to a level that provides the optimal dental benefits.
Reasons Not to Use It
It is not an essential nutrient. No disease has ever been linked to a deficiency. Humans can have perfectly good teeth without it.
Fluoridation is not necessary. Most Western European countries are not fluoridated and have experienced the same decline in dental decay as the US and Canada.
The levels put into water (1 ppm) is up to 200 times higher than normally found in mothers' milk.
Once it is put in the water, it's impossible to control the dose any person receives. Centers for Disease Control (CDC) recently issued a startling report that admits 2 in 5 children in America show signs of fluoride poisoning, (streaking, spotting or pitting of teeth due to dental fluorosis). The agency concluded that levels need to be lowered in municipal water supplies, reducing it to 0.7 milligrams per liter (the previous recommended upper limit was 1.2 milligrams per liter).
Another water issue could be cloudy wayer. There are several factors that may cause your water to have a cloudy look to it. Although it is not harmful, the best water to drink and use is crystal clear water
Air bubbles can be created during pumping of municipal water. Cloudy water, also known as white water, is created by air bubbles in the water. This usually occurs when it is very cold outside and air gets mixed in with the water supply.
Tiny particles, from rocks and stones in the earth to sand and even dirt, can get suspended in your water supply
You may also see grit in the bottom of your sinks and tubs if particles are present.
For all your water issues AQUABON has a solution. Please contact us so we can discuss your situation and personalize a plan that will work to improve the quality of your family’s water.