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Why Is Water Quality so Important to Your Health?

Delaware Water Contamination Lawyers at Jacobs & Crumplar, P.A. Know Environmental Law and Will Fight for Your Rights .

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.

What Are Primary Health Concerns With Contaminated Water?

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.

Lack of Oversight

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.

Sewage and Septic Systems

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.

How Can I Ensure My Drinking Water Is Safe?

Fortunately, there are some ways you can avoid consuming contaminated water:

  • Be observant: If your water looks, smells, or tastes different from usual, there could be issues in the supply system. Stop drinking it and switch to bottled water until you can report and fix the problem.
  • Have bottled water on hand: Various factors can cause bacteria or other toxins to enter the drinking water supply, such as construction, leaks, water treatment malfunctions, and more. Do not take chances. Always have clean bottled water on hand to drink and clean with, especially if babies and children are in the home.
  • Research: Most states have accessible information about the cleanliness and purity of their public drinking water. Contact your local water utility/government agency to access this information.
  • Test: Many people receive water through wells or lines that are not connected to a city water supply. They should test these water sources annually for contamination.
  • Seek medical help: If you feel that contaminated water has sickened you or a family member, seek medical help immediately. There are remedies for bacteria and other contaminants.
  • Report problems: If you get sick or suspect there is a problem with your drinking water, report the problem to the appropriate authorities. They can issue boil alerts and other warnings if something has contaminated water supplies.
  • Obey boil alerts: Water suppliers monitor water quality. Always follow their instruction to boil or not use water until further notice.

Delaware Water Contamination Lawyers at Jacobs & Crumplar, P.A. Know Environmental Law and Will Fight for Your Rights

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.