Water Pollutants

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THMs and Chlorine

As you are probably aware, most water systems rely on chlorine to eliminate or at least control bacteria. But did you know that most recent studies suggest that chlorine can interact with the organic material in water to form chemicals called Trihalomethanes (THMs)? One of these THMs is chloroform, a suspected cancer-causing agent. And that's just one of the things you have to watch out for.



Lead

According to the EPA, lead in the drinking water can cause serious health problems. Even at low lead levels, reduced birth weight and premature birth, delayed mental and physical development, and impaired mental abilities in children have been reported. At higher exposure levels, anemia, kidney damage and mental retardation can occur.



Radon

Radon is a naturally occurring radioactive gas that has no taste, odor, or color. Waterborne radon released into the air from showers, washing machines and other sources can be inhaled and increase the risk of lung cancer. There is a growing body of evidence that radon in our drinking water is associated with an increased risk of stomach cancer.



Cyst

Protozoan parasites (like Cryptosporidium cysts and Giardia Lambia cysts) in drinking water cause vomiting, diarrhea, and flu-like symptoms, which are both longer-lasting and more debilitating than most cases of flu.



Pesticides and Herbicides

Many agricultural chemicals such as atropine and alcohol have found their way into ground water sources. Many pesticides that are toxic and associated with a variety of health problems also regularly contaminate water supplies.



Industrial Chemicals

Although invaluable and absolutely necessary for manufacturing, many industrial chemicals, if ingested, increase your risk of cancer and other illnesses. Among the many industrial chemicals that now threaten the purity of our drinking water are PCBs (polychlorinated biphenyl), PNAs (polynuclear aromatics), and VOCs (volatile organic chemicals), such as benzene, and carbon tetrachloride.



Other Particulate Contaminants

Small fibers of asbestos, dirt, and other particles often can be found in drinking water.



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