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Common Tap Water Contaminants

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There are common tap water contaminants that can’t be detected by our senses. You may be wondering what you can do to remove these contaminants and how you can determine whether your water is affected by them or. In this article, Aqua Solutions will discuss common contaminants may affect your water as well as what type of water filter systems Butler customers can benefit the most from.

Chlorine

Although chlorine is used as an inexpensive disinfectant for our water supplies, it does come with a strong odor and can react with the organic and inorganic matter in the water supply. This has the potential to create dangerous disinfection byproducts, trihalomethanes (THMs), and haloacetic acids (HAAs). These byproducts, if formed in chlorinated water, may pose health risks such as liver, central nervous system, or kidney issues and increases the risk of cancer.

Carbon filters can be used to absorb and remove the chlorine and other contaminants from your drinking water.

Bacteria

Bacteria such as E. Coli and Salmonella, can be present in drinking water, especially in homes with older pipes. These and other harmful bacteria can cause nausea, vomiting, abdominal pain, and other severe infections if they are ingested.

Ultraviolet light treatment can be used to deactivate or destroy these harmful microorganisms. When these microbes are exposed to the light, the UV energy scrambles the DNA structure of the bacteria, sterilizing them and leaving them unable to reproduce. Because the UV light sterilizes or kills the cell, it is no longer a threat to humans.

Iron

Although iron is not hazardous to your health, it is an aesthetic contaminant. Drinking water contaminated with higher levels of iron can cause an unpleasant metallic taste, and when combined with beverages such as tea or coffee, it creates a black appearance with an unpleasant taste. Iron can also cause staining on tableware, laundry, and fixtures and also encourages the growth of iron bacteria. This is an odorous biofilm that forms on areas such as inside the toilet tank.

You can water treatments such as single tank aeration, where the air is used to oxidize the iron into smaller particles which are then filtered out of your drinking water.

Professional Water Treatment in Butler

At Aqua Solutions, we offer a wide range of water treatment services to Butler that treat these common contaminants and more! Contact us today to learn more about how we can help you achieve clear and tasty drinking water.

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