If you follow the news, you know that nothing is safe these days, especially our drinking water. While we’re blessed to live in a country that has easy access to potable water, that doesn’t mean we’re completely out of harms way. Even in developed nations with large infrastructures, contaminants can still make there way into the water supply which can be a big cause for health concerns. But what exactly is a water contaminant and what types of contaminants are out there?
This article will cover some of the most common water contaminants that are out there and the negative health affects associated with them. All of these toxins can be easily identified in minutes from a sample of water using our 9-parameter drinking water test kit:
- Lead. The Environmental Protection Agency has placed the maximum contaminant level for lead at zero because it is a harmful metal that has detrimental effects even at extremely low levels. Lead is persistent and doesn’t escape the body via typical elimination— it bio-accumulates. Exposure can lead to behavioral and slow growth for children, reduced growth of the fetus for pregnant women, and cardiovascular issues including reduced kidney function for adults.
- Copper. While copper is a natural metal found in water, it can be very harmful at high levels. Extreme exposure to copper can cause stomach cramps, diarrhea, and issues with the liver and kidneys. Individuals who are suffering from Wilson’s disease are particularly vulnerable.
- PH levels. The Environmental Protection Agency recommends that water suppliers keep their supply at a pH level between 6.5 and 8.5. Water with a pH level that is too low or too high might have been exposed to chemical or heavy metal pollution making it unsafe to drink.
- Iron. While low levels of iron in water can be beneficial to one’s health, it can cause costly damage in the form of stains in water receptacles, clogs, and imparting a metallically aftertaste to food.
- Chlorine. Chlorine is an industrial chemical that is used to disinfect water. In most municipalities chlorine is used for sanitation purposes. High-level to chlorine can cause sore throats, coughs, and can be an irritant.
- Total hardness. Drinking hard water is not particularly hazardous — but the dissolved salts can be an issue with digestion.
- Nitrite. Nitrite causes hemoglobin in the blood to change to methemoglobin, which is the reduction of the amount of oxygen that is carried by your blood cells.
About Testure Kits
Testsure’s 9-In-1 Water Test Kits are independently tested and verified to reliably test for and identify these contaminants and more. Each parameter has different standards that are further defined by an easy to read instruction booklet that comes with each kit. To learn more about our consumer test kits, contact us.