The Harmful Effects of Drinking Contaminated Water

Contaminated water

Does your home need a water filtration system? Every home need one. Your water could be contaminated, and if everyone in the household is drinking contaminated water, you and everyone else will suffer the consequences. How bad is drinking contaminated water anyway? Water contamination can happen to any city, especially if your water comes from freshwater sources like rivers, streams, and lakes. So, how do you know if your home’s water is safe for drinking? And if it’s not, what’s going to happen to you?

What Happens if You Drink Contaminated Water?

The health consequences of drinking contaminated water are not apparent right away. Sometimes it takes a little while, depending on your physical condition, age, and overall health. However, studies show that people complain of the following symptoms when they drink dirty water:

  • Dehydration
  • Stomach Aches
  • Intestinal Pains
  • Intestinal cramps and pains
  • Diarrhea
  • Gastrointestinal problems
  • Nausea

As an important reminder, even though you are not experiencing symptoms, it doesn’t mean you’re safe. There are cases where people suffer the long-term effects of drinking contaminated water. For example, water contaminated with radon gas may not manifest symptoms, but it can lead to heart disease and cancer after prolonged exposure.

Some of the contaminants of dirty water are lead, nitrates, coliform bacteria, E.coli bacteria, radon, radium, herbicides, pharmaceuticals, viruses, parasites, microbial pathogens, fecal matter, chemicals, and arsenic.

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Can I Boil Water to Make It Safer?

While it’s true that boiling water does help kill viruses, bacteria, and some parasites, the process of evaporation can also be counterproductive, as it adds to the concentration of contaminants in your water. To test the safety of your water, you can hire a water purification company to run water tests.

Do You Want to Install a Water Filtration System in Your Home?

At Hi-Tech Plumbing & Air, we can recommend a water filtration system to improve your supply. When you invest in whole house water filtration systems, you and your family get to enjoy clean and healthy water. This will give you peace of mind that your household is safe. We can also test your home water quality before offering our customized water filtration services. Call us today to learn more.