It is no surprise that companies that sell filtered water systems or bottled water are so successful. Americans are scrutinizing what they put into their bodies more than ever, and water is no exception. Experts recommend that people drink eight or more glasses of water a day, so water quality is an important concern.
There is a good reason for you to demand high-quality water: it significantly impacts your health. Your body is made up of 60 percent water, so consuming the highest quality possible is one of the best ways to protect your health.
There are many ways toxins can get into natural water systems and harm your health, potentially lead to neurological problems, gastrointestinal illnesses, or reproductive issues. The following are some common culprits that cause water contamination.
Freshwater sources across the country are being contaminated daily due to a lack of oversight and companies intentionally dumping toxic waste. More government and even citizen action is needed to stop this contamination.
The same chemicals that keep lawns and garden beautiful are causing water systems to become polluted. When pesticides are used, they run off from plants and lawns to pollute the soil and contaminate groundwater.
Some nutrients are not suitable for your health, such as those used to maintain agriculture, including pesticides and fertilizer. These toxins are why many people will consume only organic products, especially produce.
Drinking water can become contaminated from raw sewage overflow, septic tanks, leaking sewer lines, land application of sludge, and partially treated wastewater.
Arsenic is naturally present in groundwater and can leak into well water systems. Digestive problems are often the first symptom of moderate arsenic consumption, so seek medical attention quickly. Consumption of large amounts can lead to death.
Lead poisoning can result from dangerous drinking water and usually affects children first. Common symptoms include headaches, nausea, memory problems, confusion, anemia, kidney issues, and even death.
Water naturally includes many bacteria that can be very dangerous or deadly to humans. Even closely monitored water supplies can show bacteria. Some bacteria are not toxic to humans, while others could cause death. Bacteria can cause dysentery and other problems.
Fluoride is added to many city water supplies because it is good for teeth and bones. Too much fluoride consumption, however, can be damaging or deadly, so water supplies need to be monitored. Too much fluoride can lead to bone damage, inflamed joints, kidney damage, and even neurological issues in children.
Fortunately, there are some ways you can avoid consuming contaminated water:
If your drinking water is making you and your family sick, contact our Delaware water contamination lawyers at Jacobs & Crumplar, P.A. You may deserve compensation under the law, and we will fight for your rights. To schedule a free consultation, call us at 302-656-5445 or contact us online. Located in Wilmington and Millsboro, Delaware, we serve clients throughout Dover, New Castle County, and Sussex County.