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What’s In Your Water?

Apr. 27, 2016
Do you know what’s in your water? Contaminants leaching into our water system have been brought to the forefront across the country; even in safe, fresh water rich, metro Detroit, it has been proven to be an issue.

In Michigan we are blessed with an abundance of water sources and a handful of them are used to supply different cities with clean water. For instance, Birmingham, Bloomfield Hills, and Bingham Farms’ water comes from Lake Huron while cities like Berkley, Clawson, Lathrup Village, and Royal Oaks’ water comes from the Detroit River.

The Detroit Water and Sewerage Department's drinking water meets or surpasses all federal and state drinking water standards, according to the Southeast Oakland County Water Authority. The limits set by the EPA do not eliminate all contaminants from our water, however. “Drinking water ... may reasonably be expected to contain at least small amounts of some contaminants.”

Many chemicals like corrosion chemicals or disinfectants can be used to “purify” our water. Corrosion is a general term that refers to the conversion of a metal into a soluble compound.

Corrosion can lead to failure of critical parts of boiler systems, unseating of corrosion products in critical heat exchange areas, and overall efficiency loss, according to Lenntech, a water treatment and purification manufacturer.
Corrosion inhibitors are chemicals that react with a metallic surface, giving the surface a certain level of protection. Inhibitors often work by adsorbing themselves on the metallic surface, protecting the metallic surface by forming a film.” These types of inhibitors are required to make water flowing through some corroded or lead pipes drinkable.

Another common chemical used in water purification are disinfectants. Disinfectants like chlorine kill present, unwanted microorganisms in water. Some of these chemicals leave behind or form new byproducts that can be dangerous in consumption.

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) allows the use of chlorine to disinfect the water but, “some microbial pathogens are resistant and the treatment with chlorine can react with naturally-occurring materials in the water to form byproducts which may pose health risks ranging from asthma and eczema to bladder cancer and heart disease.”

Along with chlorine, some homes have “hard water,” meaning, there are excess levels of minerals still in your water, like calcium, magnesium, bicarbonates, and sulfates.

The safest thing to do is to install a water purification system in your house, such as a whole house carbon filter, water softener or a reverse osmosis system. Some cheaper water filtration systems also remove specifically Chlorine, but do not create the pure quality of water comparable to Distilled Water – Distilled Water is the top water purification system.

Contact a certified plumber today for a free water test and find out what’s in your water.
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