Water is one of the best ways to hydrate your body. We sometimes get it from water bottles, but we very often get it from our taps. Tap water is free, but it’s not always 100% clean. It’s important to test your tap water to make sure it’s safe for you and your family. Here are a few reasons why:
- Contaminants Are Hard To Detect
Water can appear healthy and taste good but still be dangerous to one’s health. It’s often not possible to identify contaminants in the water by taste or smell alone. Even low levels of contaminant can have large adverse effects on a person’s health. Chemicals or contaminants in the water tend to have a stronger effect on young children and the elderly. Make sure your water is clean before cooking with it or serving it to the very young or very old. By getting your water tested with a simple water testing kit, you can ensure that the tap water in your home is safe to drink.
- Complaints Of Stomach-Related Problems
If you or a family member has been complaining about stomach issues, this could be a result of poor water quality. Chemicals or contaminants in tap water can be damaging to a person’s health and will eat away at one’s digestive system. By testing your tap water, it is possible to measure the quality of your water and help identify if the water is the cause of your condition.
- Your Plants May Be Suffering
The quality of tap water is vital when feeding house plants. Similar to humans, a plant’s health is directly related to the quality of the water it consumes, so it is very important that the water is not contaminated. You should test your water regularly to identify if there are contaminants and remove them before watering your plants.
Here are some contaminants that you may find in your water:
Excessive amounts of fluoride can lead to neurodevelopment issues in children. It can also cause a weakening of bones and an increase in wrist and hip fractures. Lethal levels of fluoride occur at 5 – 10 grams.
Lead is a common contaminant in water frequently caused by corroded pipes. It hurts nearly every organ in the body and is especially harmful to children’s development. Lead consumption in pregnant women can lead to premature births.
Although chlorine is meant to clean and purify water, it’s not 100% safe for human consumption. Because it bonds to water, chlorine can create poisonous hydrochloric acids in the stomach.
- Polychlorinated Biphenyl (PCBs)
PCBs were used in paints, insulation, adhesives, coolant fluids, and in carbonless copy paper in the mid-20th century. They’ve since been banned, but are still present in landfills. PCBs have been found in water thousands of miles away from these sites.
DDT has been proven to cause damage to the liver and the nervous system and is particularly dangerous to pregnant women. This insecticide has been banned in North America due to its harmful environmental effects, but it is still manufactured in the United States and sold to foreign countries.