Water pollution enters water supplies through two primary means, human and animal activities or by natural occurrence in nature. The primary contributors for contamination are improperly disposed of chemicals, animal and human waste, and wastes injected underground. The primary contaminants are:
Pathogens such as Cryptosporidium can occasionally pass through public water filtration systems which can produce a gastrointestinal disease known as cryptosporidiosis.
Nitrates are the most common chemical contaminant which is heavily used in fertilizer. Nitrates when absorbed into the blood system are converted to nitrites, which prevent the blood from delivering oxygen in your body. Most at risk for are infants, causing a condition called “Blue Baby Syndrome”, and elderly people or those with existing respiratory conditions.
Lead contamination is rare in water primarily due to advances in construction materials, specifically water lines. Typically lead is introduced into a water system through a home’s plumbing system whether it be from lead pipes or lead solder. Though lead is no longer directly used in plumbing “lead free” pipes are able to contain up to 8% lead content to still be considered “lead free”.
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