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Scientists have long understood the link between unseen contaminants in water, illness and general health. Back in the 1900s, filtration and disinfection became mainstays for municipal water treatment, and regulations for the quality of public drinking water systems were established.
Municipal Water Systems
If your water is supplied by a municipality, large or small, your water supply is tested routinely, at the source. However, many of the pipes buried underneath our cities have been in place since the introduction of widespread water treatment. This aged and, in many cases, crumbling infrastructure now poses its own risk.
Private Water Supplies
But what if you’re on a private water supply? That could be a well, lake water, or even a rainwater tank. In these cases, no one is testing your water unless you are. It’s possible that your water was tested when you moved in or drilled a new well, but bacterial water quality changes over time and can be impacted by extreme weather events, land-use changes, or a nearby failing septic system. And many water contaminants cannot be seen or even tasted in water.
All Water Systems
All water systems can be vulnerable to bacterial contamination given the right conditions. Every year, thousands of cases of illness caused by Cryptosporidium and Giardia are documented by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), despite the amazing efforts made to keep our water safe.
According to a recent study published in the United States, as many as 19.5 million cases of illness every year can be attributed to contaminated drinking water.
That’s why at VIQUA, we feel it’s so important to make sure you and your family have clean, safe drinking water.