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What’s in Your Drinking Supply? Water Purification Experts Explain October 18, 2016

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What’s in Your Drinking Supply? Water Purification Experts Explain, Hiawassee, Georgia

The tap water that flows out of your faucet comes from either surface water—collected from streams, rivers, lakes, and reservoirs—or groundwater—obtained by drilling wells and pumping it to the surface. Although the Environmental Protection Agency is responsible for ensuring public water supplies are safe, water purification standards are not always met. That’s why Chem Free Pure Water offers families and businesses in the Hiawassee, GA, area a state-of-the-art water purification system to ensure you have clean, pure drinking water. 

Your water may look, taste, and smell just fine—but it’s not. Here are some of the most common contaminants found in drinking water:

  • Arsenic: Arsenic is a naturally occurring chemical that gets into your drinking water through a variety of ways. A known human carcinogen, arsenic causes skin and circulatory system damage. The federal limit for arsenic is 0.01 mg/L.

  • water purificationBacteria: Bacteria are everywhere, including surface water and groundwater, so your drinking water is disinfected to protect against the most dangerous forms, including E. coli, salmonella, and cryptosporidium.

  • Fluoride: Most public utilities add fluoride to the water supply because fluoride helps prevent tooth decay and cavities. However, long-term overexposure has the opposite effect and can lead to tooth enamel destruction, brittle bones, and joint pain. To minimize risk, federal regulations require fluoride to not exceed a concentration of 4 mg/L in drinking water.

  • Lead: On the journey from the water treatment plant to your kitchen sink, your water can pick up lead from old storage tanks, lead pipes, and fixtures. Exposure to elevated levels of lead is particularly dangerous for infants, young children, pregnant women, the elderly, and immunocompromised persons, as it attacks the nervous system and causes brain and kidney damage. The federal limit for lead is 0.015 mg/L.

  • Nitrates: Drinking water usually has low levels of nitrates. However, if your water supply is near septic systems, livestock animal waste, or organic fertilizers, you might see higher levels. Although nitrates aren’t particularly dangerous for adults, infants younger than six months who are exposed to nitrates are at risk of permanent brain damage or death from exposure. The federal limit for nitrates is 10 mg/L.

The best way to ensure your drinking water is free of harmful contaminants is to use an advanced in-home filtration and treatment system from Chem Free Pure Water. These water softeners and top-of-the-line water purification systems will remove the toxins from your water supply. For more information about the best water filtration systems for homes, visit the website or call (800) 657-5150.

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