Do City Standards for Water Live Up to Your Standards?
Municipal water treatment facilities are dedicated to providing safe water for the city, but government standards for what is purified does not always align to our own. Government standards strive to reach a pure goal, but faucets are still producing water that contains contaminants that are considered legally safe to consume. It may be legally safe, but that doesn’t mean you want to consume them!
Many homes and commercial properties are outsourcing their water treatment to Kwater. We share a common goal to provide safe water that is also clean.
The Fine Line Between “Safe” and “Clean”
What’s considered “safe” and “clean” are two very different things. Municipalities are not providing unclean water for the sake of it. Instead, cities and their governments often lack the resources and funds to ensure truly purified water.
Numerous studies have been conducted to evaluate America’s drinking water. The results have been less than stellar. Be informed of what’s flowing from your faucet with these unnerving facts about today’s water conditions:
- Annually, 1.2 trillion gallons of untreated sewage, stormwater, and industrial waste are dumped into U.S. water. (Source)
- Daily, 2 million tons of sewage, industrial, and agricultural waste are discharged into the world’s water (UN WWAP 2003), the equivalent weight of the entire human population of 6.8 billion people. (Source)
- In the United States there are thought to be over 20,000 known abandoned and uncontrolled hazardous waste sites and these sites could contaminate the groundwater if there is a leak. (Source)
- Nitrate from agriculture is the most common chemical contaminant in the world’s groundwater aquifers. (Source)
- The American Society of Civil Engineers gave the United States’ drinking water system a D rating for more than 2 trillion gallons of treated drinking water annually, “legacy and emerging contaminants” that are in need of monitoring, and pipes that are pushing the limits of their 75 to 100 year lifespan. (Source)
While water treatment facilities test water quality on site, the scores are not alway accurate. The tests are done before the water travels through the city’s distribution system; a system that is usually outdated.
Throughout the transition between the water treatment facility and your home, water can pick up contaminants that then flow from your faucet.
Common Side Effects of City-Treated Water
Cities know that water is a common concern for residents; However, the most common process to disinfect water is by chlorinating it. Chlorine stays in the water throughout distribution, meaning it enters your home resulting in unappetizing tastes, odor, and may cause dry skin and hair.
That’s where Kinetico Water Systems’ products and services come into the picture. Give us a call and a service technician will come to your home, test your water, and identify any areas of concern.
Contact us to schedule your free water analysis today.