all about waterborne contaminants

All About Waterborne Contaminants

Clear water doesn’t always mean it’s safe. There are some waterborne contaminants that may be invisible to the naked eye but harmful to your health.

It might be the least of the concern among your community given that you have an ample supply of clear water, but cliché as it may sound, prevention is still better than cure. Some waterborne contaminants can cause minor allergies or worse, even disorders and illnesses. Hence, a proactive solution must be obtained to address this, especially to communities that have less access to education in terms of water quality and safety.

Water filters and purifiers can definitely be of help in preventing risks.

The Illinois, USA-based Water Quality Association listed down some common waterborne contaminants and these are:

  • Aluminum
  • Ammonia
  • Arsenic
  • Barium
  • Cadmium
  • Chloramine
  • Chromium
  • Copper
  • Fluoride
  • Bacteria & Viruses
  • Lead
  • Nitrates/Nitrites
  • Mercury
  • Perchlorate
  • Radium
  • Selenium
  • Silver
  • Uranium

Various effects of these waterborne contaminants can go from serious to severe health risks. WQA has identified the Acute and Chronic Effects of these contaminants.

The acute effects often occur within the hours or days when a person was able to consume a potential contaminant. In the case of a spill, a lot of people can suffer acute effects once they are exposed to extraordinarily high levels of contaminants. Moreover, when it comes to drinking water, microbes like bacteria and viruses can also pose the greatest risk of reaching levels high enough to cause various acute health effects.

On the other hand, chronic effects can be more dangerous. It occurs right after people consume a contaminant at levels over safety standards. According to WQA, the drinking water contaminants that can have chronic effects include chemicals (such as disinfection byproducts, solvents, and pesticides), radionuclides (such as radium), and minerals (such as arsenic). Examples of these chronic effects include cancer, liver or kidney problems, or reproductive difficulties.

Make sure your drinking water is safe from these waterborne contaminants and start filtering now. Megafresh offers top of the line water filters and purifiers to keep your water safe for drinking. Contact us to learn more!

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