Things You Didn't Know About Your Drinking Water
While the public drinking water in Beverly is in compliance with the standards set by the Environmental Protection Agency, it’s important to realize that this does not mean that is it free of contaminants. Read on to find out about the various contaminants and elements that the EPA allows in the water supply.
The EPA only monitors the levels of specific contaminants. While the public water supply must pass quality tests, these tests do not make your home’s water safe to drink. Here are just some contaminants you may be ingesting when you drink from the tap:
- Lead: Older homes in Beverly, and specifically homes built after World War II, were often build with lead pipes. As these pipes corrode, the element is released into the water that then flows to your tap. When ingested in small levels, lead can lead to disabilities and kidney problems.
- Copper: If your pipes are not made of lead, they are probably made of copper. Copper, like lead, corrodes over time. As your pipes age, the copper is released into the water supply. Individuals who ingest small levels of copper over of span of time may experience kidney or gastrointestinal problems.
- Trihalomenthanes: Did you know that the substances released into the water supply to disinfect the water have carcinogenic properties? Carcinogens increase the risk of all types of cancer and are very dangerous to your health.
- Haloacetic Acids: While these acids are actually used to purify water, when they react with the organic form of carbon, byproducts can be produced that can have an adverse affect on your health.
What the EPA considers safe to drink and what you consider safe to drink are two entirely different things. If you’re concerned about your water quality, now is the time to have a water filtration system installed in your home.
While there is no such thing as contaminant-free water, expert plumbing installation companies can help you make your water much safer. Call Waldman Plumbing and Heating at 978-666-4356 and an experienced Beverly plumber will come to you to discuss your filtration system options.