What’s in The Water after Treatment?
In America, we enjoy one of the cleanest water drinking supplies in the world, supplied from our many water sources such as rivers, lakes and reservoirs. Contrary to water’s pristine view, it can be contaminated by surrounding farms, manufacturers or urban areas. The water we use is passed through municipal water systems or private sources for purification for our human use. The quality of water is highly regulated and tested for contaminants, but some chemicals linger even after treatment.
Many of the technological conveniences that we rely on to make our lives more comfortable contain various unregulated chemicals that end up in our water. We enjoy fragrances and artificial flavors that enrich our senses. Artificial coloring for looks and inexpensive plastic for its ease of use. All these products we use in our day to day lives are coated with and contain synthetic chemicals that are released in small amounts into our water systems. Neither large scale municipal water systems, septic systems, sewage treatment plants nor private water sources, such as wells or aquifers, remove all of these chemicals.
Researchers refer to these chemical compounds as either tentatively identified compounds (TICs) or pharmaceutical and personal care products (PPCPs), many of which we wash down our drains daily. The list is endless, but includes antidepressants, caffeine, birth control pills, beauty products such as nail polish or deodorant and household cleaning products such as carpet cleaners and air fresheners.
High Levels Could Pose a Problem
Most contaminants found in water are probably not hazardous to our health but if they reach unsafe levels they can pose a threat. Studies have revealed that minute concentrations of chemicals are in many water supplies, some of which are not regulated because of the assumption that low levels pose no risks.
Although human health effects to these contaminants are unknown, many people agree on following a precautionary principle. If you have reasonable suspicions then take the necessary precautions to avoid any possible effects on the quality of your water. Solutions such as adding a filter system into your home are inexpensive and can further treat drinking water to remove most of these chemical compounds including things like chlorine.