You may have read about the recent discovery of toxic levels of lead in the drinking water of Flint, Michigan, a Detroit suburb. This is an extreme example of how you and your family can be harmed by water contamination. The sad truth is that while most drinking water doesn’t contain dangerous levels of lead, most drinking water contains a variety of chemicals, minerals and other substances that can, over time, be harmful to your health.
Federal guidelines governing what water can contain and still be considered safe for human consumption are very outdated, and according to many scientists, way too lenient.
We’ve put together a list of tell-tale signs that your drinking water may be unsafe. If your water meets any of these descriptions, we recommend you contact your local water company or environmental agency for a water analysis. And you may want to consider having a filtering system installed for your home drinking water. These systems – particularly those that feature reverse osmosis filters – are very effective in removing almost all contaminants from water.
Drinking water can contain a significant amount of minerals and other naturally occurring substances, and still be safe for consumption. However, water should always be clear. The mineral content of water is measured in parts per billion, meaning water should be 99.99999999% pure and the mineral content should not be visible to the naked eye. If your water is cloudy or has clearly visible contaminants, do not drink it. It’s impossible to know what you’re seeing without a detailed chemical analysis of the water – but it’s best to play it safe and drink bottled or filtered water until the contamination is identified and corrected.