Potable Water Quality ConcernsWater Testing has become an increasingly important and hot topic for your home and health since the Flint, Michigan contaminated water scandal from several years ago. This community's toxic water proved that you can no longer take for granted that the water piping into your homes in America is safe to drink, to cook with, or even to wash in. In this article we look at how important it is to have your water tested for the sake of your family's health.
The Hazardous Impacts of Contaminants on Your HealthThe EPA (Environmental Protection Agency) is the government agency responsible for checking drinking water quality. They do this rather exhaustively too. The EPA actually sets a national standard for over 90 individual contaminants within your drinking water. Among the 90 contaminants, there are two categories into which they break down, acute and chronic. These categories vary according to the kinds of ill health impacts the contaminant can actually cause. With acute impacts, they take effect in only from hours to days of consuming the water. This includes viruses and bacteria which can lead to the highest chances of suffering from such negative health impacts. For most individuals, their bodies will fight the microbe contaminants as they would with any other invading germ. This means that such acute contaminants do not usually lead to permanent effects. If you drink them in sufficient quantities, they can be hazardous though. This is particularly the case for those individuals who suffer from incapable or ineffective immune systems. With chronic categories of impacts, the results do not show up until and unless individuals take in the contaminants in higher levels (greater than the safety standards the EPA sets) over an extensive time period. Such contaminants include a wide range of elements, like: