Is Your Water Safe?

Every day, people go about their business seemingly unaware of the potential dangers lurking in their water supply. The fact is not all water is good for our health or the environment in which we live. What’s worse, because contaminants are typically too small to perceive, it’s often difficult to tell if your home’s water is completely safe.

The Basics of Water

Most water is full of natural minerals including calcium and magnesium, which are both key to sustaining healthy lives. Without these minerals, water would actually be too acidic for human consumption. Unfortunately, over the past hundred years, an increasing amount of other materials have found their way into our water supply.

According to the EPA, less than .05 percent of the Earth’s water is usable. Sadly, waste and environmental pollutants are negatively impacting our ability to get fresh water. What’s more, household cleaners, fertilizers, cosmetics and other contaminants are compounding the problem. In fact, scientists have even found traces of prescription medications in the nation’s water supply.

Understanding Hard Water

Ask anyone to describe their tap water and most will tell you it tastes a little funny. While many associate this with hard water, it’s actually usually due to trace contaminants. Essentially a higher presence of minerals such as calcium and magnesium, hard water actually has no impact on water’s smell or taste. That said, it does have some undesirable qualities. In addition to causing stains on dishes and surfaces throughout the home, hard water can form harmful scale buildup within dishwashers, washing machines, water heaters, and pipes, resulting in costly repairs, replacements and leaks.

Unfortunately, traditional salt-based water softening devices have actually caused more harm than good. Besides increasing the salt content of drinking water, these units also dump brine back into land and waterways, causing damage to agriculture and marine life throughout the country.

How Clean Is Your Drinking Water?

From chemicals and metals to microorganisms and volatile organic compounds, there are a staggering number of contaminants that can enter the water supply. Sadly, these can lead to an array of health problems, including birth defects, organ damage and much more. For people with private wells, home filtration systems are critical for eliminating toxins and microorganisms that might otherwise cause serious illness. That said, even people who live in areas with municipal water supplies aren’t without risk.

Solutions for Major and Minor Water Problems

With its complete line of state-of-the-art water treatment products, Pelican can provide cost-effective high-performing, environmentally-friendly solutions for your unique needs. For a risk-free consultation with one of our water treatment experts, call 877-842-1635.