There’s hardly a week that goes by without some town, city, or community making the news because of drinking water problems reported by their residents. If you’ve never experienced drinking water problems of your own, you can consider yourself fortunate. However, that doesn’t mean you won’t face some down the road.
What Are the Most Common Drinking Water Problems?
Today, we’re going to walk you through a few of the most common drinking water problems AND how they can easily be rectified so you can enjoy safer, better tasting water.
Problem: Water has a metallic taste.
The culprit: Metallic tasting water is typically due to high mineral content. Namely, high levels of calcium, magnesium or iron can lead to this unpleasant taste. These minerals are dissolved from bedrock and frequently make their way into groundwater sources. This water then makes its way into your home via your private well or municipal water source. Thanks to its high mineral content, this type of water is known as hard water and is found in approximately 85% of U.S. households.
In addition to poor tasting drinking water, people with hard water notice the following signs and symptoms throughout their home:
- Mineral buildup on sinks, toilets, showers, and fixtures
- Water spots on dishes, glassware, and silverware
- Clogged plumbing
- Reduced life of water-using appliances
- Increased amounts of soaps and detergents required to create a lather
- Dry, brittle hair and dry, itchy skin
The solution: A simple water test will reveal whether your home does, in fact, have hard water. If it does, the easiest solution is to install a home water softener. Or, your local water treatment company may offer Portable Exchange Tank Service, otherwise known as soft water delivery. In either case, you’ll enjoy the benefits of soft water throughout your home in addition to better tasting drinking water.
Problem: Drinking water tastes like chlorine.
The culprit: This is one of the most common drinking water problems reported by people who get their water from a municipal source. That’s because many towns, cities, and communities treat their public water supply with chlorine. Chlorine is used as a disinfectant to kill harmful bacteria and make the water safe for consumption.
The solution: Although water treated with chlorine may be free of bacteria, that doesn’t mean it’s pleasant to drink! An easy solution here is to install a home Chlorine Removal Filtration System which absorbs chlorine in your water without otherwise affecting your water supply. Alternatively, if you don’t mind the smell of chlorine and simply want better tasting drinking water, a reverse osmosis drinking water system can be used to treat only your drinking water.
Problem: Drinking water tests positive for bacteria such as E. coli.
The culprit: Even though the United States has some of the safest drinking water on the planet, it’s not uncommon for contaminants to still make their way into drinking water supplies. In fact, you may have seen news stories where private wells have become contaminated by local agricultural runoff. Or, a local water quality report reveals high bacteria levels in some public water supply. Typical causes of bacterial contamination include septic systems, agricultural sources, industrial runoff, or even animals.
The solution: Municipalities often treat their water supply with chlorine to kill bacteria. Similarly, a homeowner with a private well can have their well shocked with chlorine to produce the same effect. Another way to control bacterial growth is through the use of a UV sterilization unit.
Problem: You have an overall concern about drinking water quality and safety.
The culprit: Perhaps someone in your home has gotten sick from contaminated water, your local water report is less than favorable, or you’re simply concerned about water quality. It’s in your best interest to do something about it so you can enjoy safe, great tasting water and all the health benefits that come with it.
The solution: If drinking water problems have you concerned, take away the worry with a home drinking water system. You’ll have an endless supply of top quality drinking water available right from your tap 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. In addition to great tasting water, your coffee, tea and other beverages made from water will taste better, too!
Say ‘Goodbye’ to Drinking Water Problems For Good!
At Rayne of Santa Maria, we’re committed to helping you find the best water treatment solution for your home or business. That’s why we offer a variety of water treatment products and services including water softeners, drinking water systems, and soft water delivery service.
If you’re ready for the best water around, simply contact us today and one of our water treatment experts will be happy to discuss your options with you.