Water Quality & What You Can Do About It

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We all want our household water to be clean and healthy; and when water flows out of the faucet into a glass, it usually appears to be so. But in recent years reports have shown harmful contaminants in the water supply that can cause cancer, developmental issues in children, problems in pregnancy and other serious health conditions. Harmful contaminants such as Radium, Bromate, and Chloroform have been found in towns or water utilities. This hits close to home for me considering the water you drink comes from someplace upstream. So, when those sources become polluted your drinking water also becomes polluted.

 You may ask what we can do to make improvements on the quality of the water we drink. As homeowners you can reduce the levels of contaminants in your water simply by buying a water filter. To find the most effective filter, look for certifications from the Water Quality Association and NSF International. Different filters remove different contaminants. It’s important to remember, though, that even high-quality filters are not 100 percent effective. You should keep your filters changed on a regular basis, because old filters that are never replaced can host bacteria, which also pose potential dangers. People who don’t get their water through a public utility will have different needs. If you are on a private well you should probably have your water tested regularly.

As a company Southeast Pipe works to keep your water clean by surveying and rehabilitating sewer pipe. For example, if a sewer pipe is damaged for a period of time not only can it create a sinkhole that poses a major threat to homes, roads, and other infrastructures. It can also allow untreated water to mix with ground water that goes into our rivers, lakes, oceans and drinking water. When that happens not only does it potentially affect our families’ drinking water, but it also affects local aquatic ecosystems. For example the nitrates, phosphates, and organic matter found in human waste serve as food for algae and bacteria. This causes these organisms to overpopulate to the point where they use up most of the oxygen that is naturally found in water, making it difficult for other organisms in this aquatic environment to live. Our team knows the importance of their jobs and work hard every day to make a difference not only for Georgia but for our surrounding states, our families, and our environment.