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How the Drought Can Affect Your Water Quality


The California Drought that has ravaged the most populous state in America over the last 6 years continues to worsen in length and severity. Though many citizens are aware in a general sense of the negative effects of an extensive drought, less are well-versed in the tangible problems caused by a prolonged drought. For instance, at the rate that California is draining aquifers, the state itself is sinking nearly 18 inches per year. California has depleted its water reserves so completely that it is now drilling and pumping water that is over 20,000 years old, according to Reveal News. How safe is the water we now pump into our homes?

California drinking water (especially in the Bay Area, which draws much of its drinking water from a freshwater and saltwater mixing zone) that is withdrawn from less regulated reservoirs runs the risk of high salinity and increased levels of chlorine. Algae present in aquifers and reserves deep underground can make its way into your drinking water, leading to poor taste and odor that affects overall water quality.

That said, it’s important to note the difference between the quality of one’s drinking water and the safety of said water. Many elements that can affect water quality, like those mentioned above, can affect the taste of the water but won’t necessarily make it harmful. However, with a drought of this magnitude and scope, both quality and safety of drinking water can be adversely affected given the conditions. When drinking water is contaminated with E. Coli or lead, it immediately becomes a safety risk.

While regulatory agencies continually strive to make drinking water safe for the population at large, worsening drought conditions continue to make such standards difficult to maintain. This year, residents in Los Altos, California, were alerted to boil their drinking water before consumption due to traces of E. Coli being discovered in the water treatment system, Healthy Building Science reports. As long as the drought persists, the safety and quality of your drinking water cannot be guaranteed straight from the tap.

As a homeowner, it’s wise to install proper tools and take the necessary measures to minimize the possibility of contaminants in your drinking water. If you are concerned about the overall quality of your drinking water, contact a representative from Pelican Water to help you determine the current quality of the water in your home. We have many water filtration systems that actively reduce the presence of contaminants and pathogens in your water, making it healthier and safer. Our Whole House Water Filter Systems are a terrific start to improving your water quality.
Especially in Central California, where the effects are most dire, all citizens should stay up-to-date on the impact of the drought. Installing a water filtration system is a great way to protect yourself from contaminants, but you should also strive to increase awareness of the drought itself. Reduce your use of water whenever possible, and vote for officials that will take active steps to reduce the severity of the drought. A drought of this scope doesn’t come with leeway. Act now to protect you and your family from the drought.

Water QualityDisclaimer: The information on this website has not been reviewed by the FDA. Products offered for sale herein are not intended to treat, cure, or prevent any disease or health condition. No medical claims are being made or implied. Contaminants mentioned are not necessarily in your water.

 

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