is causing your Drinking Water Quality to be Poor?
Water quality is a term used to describe the
chemical, physical, and biological characteristics of water, usually in
respect to how suitable it is for a particular purpose.
It's not a simple thing to say that "this water is
good," or "it's bad." Water that is perfectly good to wash cars with is
not be good enough to use by a doctor who is doing surgery!
When you ask about quality of your water, you
probably want to know if the water is good enough to use for your
family, to play in, to serve in a restaurant. Or if the quality of our
natural waters are suitable for aquatic plants and animals.
What do we mean by "water quality"?
Water quality can be looked at as just how
suitable water is for a particular use based on selected physical,
chemical, and biological characteristics. To determine water quality,
scientists first measure and analyze characteristics of the water such
as temperature, dissolved mineral content, and number of bacteria.
Selected characteristics are then compared to numeric standards and
guidelines to decide if the water is suitable for a particular use.
sets the standards and guidelines?
Standards and guidelines are established to protect water
for particular uses such as drinking, recreation, agricultural
irrigation, or protection and maintenance of aquatic life.
Standards for drinking water quality ensure that
public drinking water supplies are as safe as possible. The U.S.
Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the States are responsible
for establishing the standards for constituents in water that have been
shown to pose a risk to human health. Other standards protect aquatic
life, including fish, and fish-eating wildlife such as birds.
human activities affect water quality?
Urban and industrial development, farming, mining, combustion of fossil
fuels, animal feeding operations, and other human activities
can change the quality of natural waters.
As an example of the effects of human activities on water quality,
fertilizers that are applied to crops and lawns. These plant nutrients
are dissolved easily in rainwater or snow melt runoff. Excess nutrients
carried to streams and lakes encourage abundant growth of algae leading
to low oxygen in the water and the possibility of fish kills.
Chemicals such as pharmaceutical
drugs, dry-cleaning solvents, and gasoline that are used in
urban and industrial activities have been found in streams and ground
water. After decades of over use, pesticides are now widespread in
streams and ground water. Some pesticides have not been used
for 20 to 30 years, and are still detected in fish and stream sediment
at levels that pose a potential risk to human health, aquatic life, and
Consuming water that contains traces of some of
the over 80,000 synthetic chemicals what we use forces the liver and
kidneys to filter out those harmful contaminates, ultimately damaging
or even destroying two of our most vital organs.
There are so many chemicals in use today that
determining the risk to
human health and aquatic life is a complex task. In addition, mixtures
of chemicals typically are found in water, but health-based standards
and guidelines have not been established for chemical
The water that comes out of your tap or the
you drink is critical to your family. There are serious health risks of
drinking contaminated water. If the water we consume already contains chlorine
or other chemicals‚ it can not carry toxins out of our body as well.
Today more than ever you are hearing about places where the quality of
our water is not good enough for normal uses. Bacteria,
and heavy metals like lead
have gotten into our drinking water supplies, sometimes causing severe
Sewage spills have occurred, causing people to
boil their drinking water; pesticides and other chemicals have seeped
into the ground and have harmed the water in aquifers; and, runoff
containing pollutants from roads and parking lots have affected the
water quality of urban streams.
With an abundant intake of good, clean‚ healthy water we allow our body
to perform all the healing processes that it is naturally capable of.
The best way to ensure the removal of the chemicals and toxins present
in our water is by a high
quality point-of-use water filtration system
that will improve your quality of your water and eliminate nearly all
the potential dangers in your water. And remember that there are
to drinking clean and healthy water.
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