If you are still drinking water straight from the tap, you should consider what you might be ingesting. Though municipal water filtration facilities process the water before it enters your home, there are often still traces of various contaminants. And these harmful compounds can slowly cause harm to your health.
Discharge from petroleum refineries, erosion of the soil, runoff from production facilities, discharge of drilling waste, and other sources of contamination can leave behind a vast array of inorganic chemicals that you had no idea may be in your drinking water. Let’s take a look at some of these chemicals and what they could be doing to your body.
- Arsenic is sometimes found in water after it has flowed through arsenic-rich rocks, but can also be introduced due to industrial effluents as well as combustion of fossil fuels. When ingested after a long period of time, arsenic poisoning can occur which can cause vomiting, abdominal paints, and diarrhea. Other health problems that can be caused by long term exposure include skin cancer, lung cancer, kidney cancer, and cardiovascular disease.
- Asbestos has been used in more than 3,000 products in the U.S. including cement pipes that are often used in distributing water to communities. After long term exposure to asbestos both lung disease and lung cancer.
- Copper may enter into drinking water from pipes when the water sits in the pipes for too long or is heated. Though copper is an essential nutrient that is required by our bodies, it is only required in small amounts. When long term exposure to copper happens it may cause stomach or intestinal distress, liver and kidney damage, and anemia.
- Mercury is not only released naturally from the earth, but it is also released into the environment through combustion of fossil fuels, municipal landfills and sewage. Long term exposure to mercury may cause kidney damage.
These are just a few of the inorganic chemicals that may be found in your average tap water. Others include barium, cadmium, cyanide, lead, nitrate, vinyl chloride, and more. Often, long term exposure to inorganic chemicals can cause health problems that you may not even realize have been caused just by the water in your home. The best way to avoid these harmful chemicals is to install a drinking water filtration system or a whole-house water filtration system. No matter what solution you choose for your drinking water, Aqua Filter Plus has the best system for your home that’s easy to install and will have you drinking clean, great tasting water in no time!