Having safe drinking water provides many benefits and improves quality of life. With Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) standards, as well as each state’s own water regulations, many communities across the United States enjoy clean drinking water. However, water contamination can still happen, which can cause many different illnesses.
Clean water brings many health benefits, such as:
Good water quality is even beneficial to the home as well. Many household appliances, such as a dishwasher or water heater, rely on softened water to run efficiently, saving energy. Poor water quality can calcify and harden, causing damage to these appliances, as well as the home’s pipes and sewage system.
Poor water quality or contaminated water can cause adverse effects, some even fatal. On rare occasions, bacteria-carrying microbes can infiltrate a water supply, causing a myriad of health issues, such as:
Water contaminated with pollutants, pesticides, or other chemicals can cause serious diseases or disabilities that can be permanent or even fatal. Cancer, hepatitis, and some autoimmune diseases are linked to polluted water. There is also a high probability of skin discoloration or reproductive issues. For children and babies, exposure to contaminated water can lead to developmental issues.
Experts agree that there are likely other adverse health effects caused by lower doses of poor water quality, but those illnesses are not fully understood. Also, many illnesses caused by poor water quality are often underreported, or the sick person is not aware of the cause of their illness.
Although there are many EPA regulations protecting public water supplies, contamination is still a risk. It is important to understand that the EPA does not monitor water from private wells. Private wells are more common in older parts of the United States.
With many homes surrounded by businesses, factories, and industrial areas, water contamination remains a very strong possibility. Sewage or chemical runoff from businesses can seep into the ground if not properly disposed of, where it runs into streams and rivers, which eventually reaches to water supplies.
Other sources and their pollutants include:
To keep yourself and your family safe, it is important to know what to look for should something happen to your water or if you feel sick. The best way to see if your water is unsafe is to monitor it yourself. Some steps you should take include:
Should you find an issue with your water supply or have fallen ill and believe it stems from poor water quality, you may want to consult a lawyer. A lawyer can explain what action you should take to remedy your problem.
Having safe and clean drinking water is essential to your health and well-being. If you believe your water supply is contaminated, speak with our Delaware water contamination lawyers at Jacobs & Crumplar, P.A. immediately. Our skilled legal team will protect your rights. Call us today at 302-656-5445 or fill out our online form for a free consultation. Located in Wilmington and Millsboro, Delaware, we proudly serve clients throughout Dover, New Castle County, and Sussex County.