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    Published: December 12, 2016

    What’s In Your Water – And How to Take Control

    What chemicals and compounds are in your water, besides water? Regular readers of Pelican Water’s blog know that we take water filtration very seriously. 10% of Americans get their water supply from private wells, and the vast majority of remaining citizens drink the water provided to them by public utilities.

    Unfortunately, several hazardous chemicals can reside in your drinking water, with devastating health effects. Take an in depth look at the contaminants that could be lurking in your drinking water today.


    Well water is only as reliable and chemical-free as the soil that surrounds it. Today’s agricultural climate is rife with pesticides and herbicides that can easily filter into the surrounding soil of farms, even if the chemicals are properly disposed of.

    When pesticides or fertilizers filter into well water, or when animal or human waste seeps into the piping or water supply, nitrates infect your otherwise clean water. Nitrates can only be removed from the water via distillation, ion exchange, or reverse osmosis.


    Wells are also a fertile background for dangerous bacteria. Private wells should be tested annually for coliform bacteria, including E. coli. Microorganisms like bacteria are sometimes harmless, but strands like E. coli can cause severe gastrointestinal distress and a host of other problems.

    Families that live near cattle farms or sewage systems should be especially vigilant in their well water testing, as bacteria are more likely to make their way into nearby wells. Flooding can spell disaster for rural families, as infections of coliform bacteria are far more likely after periods of flooding.

    Test your well routinely for bacteria, and know what to do if it’s discovered. For peace of mind, simply install a Whole House Filter with UV – exposure to UV kills 99.9% of harmful microorganisms and does not affect taste or odor.


    Even if you obtain your water from the local water supply your water is not necessarily fit for consumption. Residents in Michigan are still dealing with a crisis that has seen lead-tainted water enter the homes of hundreds of thousands of families.

    Even at extremely low levels lead is invariably toxic. Children are particularly vulnerable to lead poisoning, though no person should knowingly consume or use water that is known to contain lead. Even if exposure to lead is not fatal, it can damage the nervous system and lead to learning disabilities in developing children.

    According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) the Safe Water Drinking Act has greatly reduced the exposure to lead in tap water. However, lead is still found in many water taps, interior pipes, and water mains across the country. Until our entire infrastructure is overhauled, lead exposure can occur simply from the corrosion of older pipes and fixtures that service your home.

    Whenever you suspect your water may become contaminated with lead there are steps you can take. No need to waste money and resources on bottled water – the Drinking Water Purification System removes 99% of lead from your tap water, along with several other contaminants and compounds. Relax and take control of your water with specialized filtration systems from Pelican Water.