Preventing and Recognizing Contaminated Water

Preventing and Recognizing Contaminated Water

Contaminated water can pose serious health hazards to your home’s water supply. However, there are some very easy ways to prevent contamination and recognize when there is a problem. Lead contamination can be dangerous even at low exposure. Children are the most susceptible, but adults can also be adversely affected. Drinking water with traces of lead can result in learning disabilities, hearing impairment, stunted growth and other negative health outcomes. Here is some helpful information that will help you determine if professional help is needed.

Sensory Cues

Smells, taste and color aren’t necessarily an indication of contaminated water that will lead to health problems. However, if these signs occur, it might be time to contact your municipal water authority. If the issue occurs locally to your home, contact CityWIDE. Not all forms of water contamination have a sensory cue.

Malodorous smells and aromas aren’t the only cause for concern, sweet smells can also indicate contamination. Change in color or consistency such as yellow, cloudy water and a foamy appearance, are signs of a problem. Color considerations can also be linked to tubs or sinks - stains can appear due to contaminated water. Chlorine taste in tap water is experienced frequently, but metallic or chemical tastes are especially dangerous.

Water Quality Tests

If you recognize any of the above-mentioned changes in your water schedule a water quality test with CityWIDE. These tests look at levels of bacteria, chemical contaminants, acidity and more. Call CityWIDE or schedule online today to quickly isolate and repair these problems.