Think Before You Drink: Water Quality Awareness of Common ContaminantsIf you think the water you are drinking is just H2O, think again! According to studies, an astonishing 75,000 chemical compounds have been found in our water, yet the EPA has established enforceable safety standards for only 87. Many of these common water contaminants and chemicals are potentially harmful and can spawn health problems. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, nearly one million people get sick from drinking contaminated water each year, with about 1,000 cases on average ending in death.

Using outdated technology, many municipalities simply weren't built to handle the influx of common modern-day water contaminants. Various pollutants such as pesticides, herbicides, toxic waste from landfills, chemical and oil spills, acid rain, and more find their way into our water supplies. Most often this water is treated with chlorine or chloramines to control bacterial growth which, according to some health experts, may also contribute to illness.

Even if the water that leaves the treatment plants meets EPA minimum safety standards, health threats don't stop there. The water may pass through unsafe water lines that recontaminate it on the way to your home. Examine your pipes and those of water distribution systems and you'll find the insides of some of these pipes caked with mineral, biological and chemical deposits. In some cases, the pipes themselves may leach copper and lead! Another threat lurking inside older water pipes is bio-film, composed of layers of bacteria that can harbor pathogens like E. coli. And don't think well water is any safer because groundwater pollutants may also seep into that source. Add to that the chlorine and other chemicals used to treat well water, and you have water that is chemically altered.

The sad truth is that our water supply is compromised by harmful chemicals. EPA standards require water treatment plants to reduce certain common water contaminants. Annual reports issued by the EPA for 2002 indicated that there were 80,635 documented violations nationwide. When violations occur, "boil water" alerts are issued but, by then, you may have already consumed dangerously contaminated water.

You have to ask yourself the question, "Over the course of my life, how will these chemicals and trace pollutants affect my health and that of my family?" Consider what this means if, over the course of your life, you drink approximately 13,000 gallons of water. There could be undetected contaminants in each glass you drink having a cumulative effect on your health for the worse. That's why it's so important you make doubly sure the water you drink is 100% steam distilled. And with Waterwise’s distilled water-making machines, you can take control of your water quality today and enjoy peace of mind.