We are fortunate to live in a country where there is a seemingly abundant supply of drinking water, however, there is a growing concern about the safety of our water wells. The EPA has estimated that across the nation over 50% of our water wells are contaminated by a measurable amount of nitrates and nitrites. This is especially a concern for agricultural areas where millions of people are relying on contaminated groundwater for their drinking water supply. In more populated areas where water treatment facilities are employed, our municipalities typically treat the water with a heavy dose of chlorine, but chemicals become the concern. There is also the big question regarding the travels of that water between the treatment facility and our homes. For now we’ll address the issues in some of our rural areas with wells.
Nitrates and nitrites at higher levels are toxic and particularly dangerous for infants and children as well as pregnant women. In some cases, these compounds can cause brain damage, intrauterine growth retardation, cardiac and nervous system defects and even death. So how do we reduce these levels in our water? With the correct drinking water system, we can not only reduce nitrates and nitrites, but reduce them to non-detect levels. It begins with a reliable water test to really understand what we’re up against. At that point, it’s a matter of finding the right water treatment system to install. It’s particularly important to consider this since currently there are no standards or oversight that exists for private wells. Even if your home is supplied by a municipal water facility, you don’t have to rely on their testing and standards or wait for funding to construct a centralized treatment facility to feel a measure of safety. Installing a quality drinking water system will give you immediate protection and continued testing will provide the peace of mind that it is properly functioning.