Periodic water quality testing is important to ensure that your drinking water is safe. Ensuring that your water is pure and free of contaminants helps guarantee that it tastes good and contributes to your overall health.
Sources of Drinking Water Contamination
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), contamination of drinking water systems can come from a variety of sources, including naturally occurring minerals and chemicals, nearby manufacturing and the use of pesticides and fertilizers, sewer and septic system overflows and wastewater treatment system malfunctions. All of these potential sources of contamination make it important to have periodic water quality testing done for the home’s water supply.
Health Issues Connected with Poor Water Quality
A variety of health issues can occur because of exposure to contaminants in drinking water. The CDC reports illnesses that can result when contaminated drinking water is ingested. These include gastrointestinal illness, neurological disorders and even reproductive problems. Exposure to poor water quality is especially dangerous for young children and infants, pregnant women, the elderly and individuals with autoimmune deficiencies. If you have such individuals living in the home, then periodic water quality testing is imperative.
Well Water Quality
At least annually, it is important to check well water. According to the National Ground Water Association (NGWA), it is a good idea to test for contaminants, nitrates and bacteria. Test more frequently if there’s been a change in the taste, smell or appearance of the water, as well as if there has been prior bacterial contamination in the well and if there are septic system problems.
Signs it’s Time for Water Quality Testing
Indications that you should have a plumbing professional test your water quality include the following:
- Gastrointestinal illnesses that linger
- Corroding pipes
- Unpleasant or change in taste and smell
- Salty or seawater taste
- Odor of gas or oil
- Water is cloudy or frothy
- Reddish brown film in sinks and toilets
How Water Testing Is Performed
A plumbing professional can take samples of your water and check for contaminants, as well as send your water to a laboratory for more extensive testing. When unwelcome substances are in your water, a plumber can determine the source of contamination and then make repairs that safeguard your water supply.
Our goal is ensuring that your water supply stays free of contaminants and pure. For answers to any of your questions about water quality testing, contact The Pink Plumber today.