When you think about your drinking water what’s the first thing that comes to mind? Like many, you may have concerns about water contaminants. For this reason, you pay close attention to the way your water looks, tastes, and smells.

Unfortunately, organic and microbial contaminants can be undetectable by humans. This means you could be drinking contaminated water without knowing it.

Here is a list of the most common water contaminants in California:

  • Aluminum
  • Ammonia
  • Arsenic
  • Barium
  • Bacteria and viruses
  • Cadmium
  • Chloramine
  • Chromium
  • Copper
  • Fluoride
  • Lead
  • Nitrites and Nitrates
  • Mercury
  • Perchlorate
  • Radium
  • Selenium
  • Silver
  • Uranium

It may be hard to believe that your drinking water contains one or more of these contaminants, but it’s a problem that plagues people throughout California.

Are these Contaminants Dangerous?

The United States Environmental Protection Agency has standards in place for nearly 100 contaminants that could occur in drinking water, all of which pose a risk to human health. There are two categories:

  • Acute: Effects of consuming the contaminant occurs within several hours or days. Generally speaking, you can suffer health effects from any contaminant as long as you’re exposed to enough of it. In drinking water, bacteria and viruses have the greatest potential to cause health problems.
  • Chronic: This is when a person consumes contaminants over the course of several years. Contaminants that most often have chronic effects include minerals, radionuclides, and chemicals.

It goes without saying that no one wants to consume contaminants in their water, as this can take a toll on your short and long-term health. For this reason, it’s important to understand the quality of your water, all the while taking steps to make it as clean and healthy as possible.

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