Published: January 19, 2018

    Jacksonville’s Questionable Water Quality Calls for Dual-Certified Home Filtration

    Residents in Jacksonville may find themselves confused regarding the water quality in their sprawling city. Many local citizens complain about the subjective water quality of the tap water, assuring local news outlets like News4Jax that the often strange smell and the metallic taste of the water convince them to either go with bottled water or to use a filtration system at home.

    Stating that the water smells like “rotten eggs,” among other things, many citizens in the area claim they would be comfortable paying six dollars extra on their water bill in order for more aggressive water treatment options to be explored. These statements come from a survey conducted by Dr. Chiradip Chatterjee on behalf of the UNF Public Opinion Research Lab.

    But if residents are so concerned about the condition of the city’s water, why does the most recent water quality report for Jacksonville proudly assert that the water meets all federal regulations? If the water is up to the organization’s standards why is there such focus on the poor water quality?

    The answer is that, often, federal regulations aren’t strict enough on some cancer-causing and otherwise dangerous contaminants. Researchers from the Environmental Working Group recently went on record stating that the level of trihalomethanes and other disinfectant by-products (DBPs) in Jacksonville’s water is too high for safe consumption.

    As First Coast News reports, the concentrations in the public tap water for many of EWG’s chemicals of concern are above the health guidelines the organization recommends. Even if the chemicals meet federal standards they can still cause major issues for consumers.

    For example, the toxic heavy metal arsenic (frequently used as a poison and known to cause cancer) is found in an average concentration of 2.75 parts per billion (ppb) around Jacksonville. The EWG strongly advises that anyone exposed to water with arsenic levels exceeding 1 ppb to take steps to reduce the arsenic levels in their water, especially when young children are exposed.

    Other hazardous contaminants have exceeded health guidelines in the Jacksonville area. Lead, one of the most alarming and serious contaminants lurking in drinking water, was found in 10% of Jacksonville samples at a rate of 2.26 ppb. The EPA acknowledges that no level of lead should be considered safe in drinking water. DBPs have also been found in Jacksonville’s water supply, which can cause nervous system damage and increase your risk for developing bladder cancer.

    When you can’t trust your city’s drinking water you need the top line of filtration to protect your family. Luckily for homeowners everywhere Pelican Water will be unveiling their Dual-Certified Smart Combo filtration system in February 2018. This flagship product is the first and only dual-certified water filter and water softener alternative with salt free technology combo system on the market.

    The NSF and DVGW certifications ensure that your water is being properly treated to reduce harmful contaminants that may otherwise affect your family’s health. Rest easy knowing your water filter reduces chlorine at a rate of 97%, prevents hard water scale at a rate of 99.6%, and effectively reduces contaminants common in Jacksonville.

    Buy your filtration system with confidence – Pelican Water’s In-Home Service is unique in the water industry, as we connect customers to trained water specialists who help you view options in a mobile showroom and can guarantee a great install and warranty for whatever system you choose. If you live in Jacksonville and are concerned about your water quality contact Pelican Water today.

    Disclaimer: 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.