The United States has one of the safest water systems in the world. This is largely due to the guidelines set by the Environmental Protection Agency and the Safe Drinking Water Act of 1974. The US News & World Report puts Florida on one of the best and safest water out of all the 50 states.
However, even though tap water is safe to drink, there are still some common water problems in Florida today. Here are a few examples:
It has high amounts of minerals like calcium and magnesium dissolved in it. Although it’s still safe to drink and use, it can cause mineral buildup on your water fixtures and spots on your dishes when you clean them. Excessive dissolved minerals can corrode your pipes, leading to permanent damage. It can also contribute to dry skin and hair whenever you use it to clean yourself.
Hard water cannot be easily detected by taste or smell. If you suspect hard water in your household, you need to have it tested by trained water technicians.
Chlorine is often used as a form of disinfection to treat drinking water systems. It eliminates bacteria, viruses, and other microorganisms before reaching your tap. There’s nothing to be worried about regarding small amounts of chlorine. However, high levels of chlorine can become an issue. Long-term exposure to it in your water can cause stomachache, diarrhea, and certain cancer in extreme cases.
Unlike hard water, excessive chlorine can be easily detected. If you’re getting cloudy and discolored water with a faint chemical smell, there’s a chance that there’s too much in your water supply.
Bacteria and Other Microorganisms
Bacteria and other harmful microorganisms in water can come from several sources. Most of the time, sewage getting into clean water sources is the reason for contamination. It can also come from agricultural activity.
While most strains of bacteria and other microorganisms are relatively safe, there are still those that can cause serious health risks. One good example is Salmonella. This bacterium can cause diarrhea, abdominal cramps, nausea, and fever.
If you suspect that you’re dealing with any of these common problems in your water supply, you need to contact a professional water treatment company. Adams Water Conditioning is there for you. Talk to one of our representatives to learn more about our free water analysis.