When the average American drinks from their tap water, the thought of pollution is far from their mind. This is because we assume the water that is filtered through our pipes is clean unless our sinks otherwise produce smelly water or bad tasting water.
However, our tap water is not as safe as we believe it to be*. The three following facts will have you reaching for the number of your Culligan water filtration company.
1. There are 202 unregulated *chemicals in the drinking water of 45 states
According to Scientific American, “The Environmental Working Group analysis of 20 million tap water quality tests found a total of 316 contaminants — including industrial solvents, weed killers, refrigerants and the rocket fuel component perchlorate — in water supplied to the public between 2004 and 2009.”
Additionally, the reports utilities are required to provide their customers with, which provide information regarding annual water quality, only cover the levels of chemicals which are regulated. Utilities aren’t required to monitor or report the levels of unregulated chemicals nor are they required to provide information regarding any chemical spikes. Therefore, you may very well have drunk a higher amount of a regulated chemical than your Utilities may have you believe.
2. Your water may be polluted with pesticides if you live near farmland
One of the leading causes of water pollution is the use of pesticides and insecticides on large expanses of farmland. Rain can easily cause runoff in these areas, which results in pesticides as well as fertilizer and other farming chemicals to wash into local streams, rivers, lakes, and wells. Without home water systems, these chemicals may very well end up in your drinking water resulting in smelly water and potential health hazards.
3. 85% of American households are drinking hard water, which contains high levels of magnesium and calcium
Hard water isn’t ice but is actually water that contains an abnormally high amount of magnesium and calcium because of contact with limestone and other rock that your drinking water may have passed through before making its way to your sink. While it isn’t a danger to your health, hard water makes it difficult for soap and detergent to mix and produce a lathering effect on your skin or dishes. Hard water can also cause these calcium and magnesium compounds to build up in your water fixtures.
Even if you don’t have bad tasting or smelly water, it may be time to consider utilizing commercial water filtration for clean water in your home. Water filtration and water distillation systems can filter your water of pathogens, chemicals, bacteria, and mineral compounds, which may otherwise make you sick. To protect yourself and your family, consider investing in a Culligan water filtration system today.
*Contaminants may not be in your water.