We are extremely fortunate to have an abundance of clean, fresh water here in cottage country.
It’s easy to take it for granted and assume that since our water looks good when it comes through our taps then it must be safe. Most of the time it is, however, if you live in a rural area and are on a well or have a cistern, or even if you live in an older home or cottage, it’s important to be aware of some of the potential dangers associated with drinking water.
It doesn’t matter how pure or clean the source is, if you are using rusty pipes to transport water to your tap not only do you risk losing water through eventual corrosion of the pipes but you are also putting your health at risk.
Please seek the advice of an expert to ensure that your pipes are in good repair, and take some precautionary measures by choosing an appropriate method of water treatment to ensure your family’s safety. If you are thinking of installing a water filtration system it is a good idea to get in touch with your local health department’s environmental group first.
As a purification system, Reverse Osmosis is a popular choice nowadays – one of the reasons being that it has low energy requirements. It will remove nitrate, sodium, sulphate, and chloride from water, all of which can cause serious health problems, for example, high blood pressure as a result of the presence of too much sodium.
Chlorination will treat bacteria, parasites, and viruses, as well as remove iron bacteria which can cause slime in toilet tanks and iron staining. Filtration can remove the rotten-egg smell and taste produced by sulphate reducing bacteria. It can also remove iron or manganese which causes rusty black stains on fixtures and laundry.
With many other methods available in addition to the above, it pays to talk to an expert to find out which is the best water treatment for your household. If you have any immediate concerns take a sample of water to your local public health laboratory as soon as possible.
By Moira Gale