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Drinking Water Contaminants

People are increasingly concerned about the safety of their drinking water. Below we will identify four types of contaminants.

Microbial Pathogens

Pathogens are micro-organisms that produce viruses, bacteria, and parasites. They pose a serious risk to your health. When water sources are poorly constructed or improperly sealed, sewage and animal waste can enter. This contamination can lead to a number of illnesses. Some of the most common are salmonella, gastroenteritis, dysentery, hepatitis, shigellosis, and giardiasis.


People often worry about toxic metals and chemicals in water. However, only a few of these toxic organic chemicals are regulated. In particular, authorities test for Triahalomthanes that form when chlorine combines with another organic matter. Additionally, pesticides such as insecticides, herbicides, and fungicides are monitored. Lastly, VOCs (Volatile Organic Chemicals) such as degreasers and solvents are checked. VOCS may lead to central nervous system disorders, cancer, kidney and liver damage, birth disorders, and reproductive disorders.


Inorganics are toxic metals that get into the water system from natural sources, industries, and plumbing. This includes barium, arsenic, chromium, mercury, lead, and silver. Additionally, nitrate can leak into drinking water, as it is found in fertilizers. Inorganics can cause cancer, among other illnesses.

Radioactive Elements

When uranium decays in soil and rocks, it can cause radon. Radon is a radioactive contaminant known to cause lung cancer.

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