Identifying Which Water-Based Contaminants Can Pose A Danger To Your Home


Has your family ever experienced a time where your water supply was contaminated? Regardless of the how and why, these types of situations expose your family to extreme risks from the different viruses and bacteria that can seep into your water. While keeping nearby bodies of water uncontaminated can be a challenge, this post will provide some valuable information regarding the different types of contaminants your family may face and the ways to keep the risk to a minimum.

Investing in the proper water purification tools and devices are a necessary component of any strategy to avoid these contaminants. These devices are often the best ways to ensure that each drop of water being used by your family is uncontaminated.

How is it that these contaminants find their way into different waterways, though? One example could be something like this: the rainfall on a successful farming operation can result in fecal matter from the farm to trickle into nearby water sources such as small rivers or streams. This in turn causes the water to become infected with E. Coli, a bacteria known for causing frequent vomiting and moderate diarrhea. Even some home-based appliances can become threats if not maintained properly. An example of this would be a home’s air conditioning system, or an exterior sprinkler system. These systems can harbor the bacteria known as Legionella which can cause Legionnaires disease.

While these totally natural instances are hard to avoid, there are defenses in place by local municipalities to avoid these outbreaks. Unfortunately, the contaminants listed above are just the start in terms of the risks to your family’s water supplies. Another common contaminant, salmonella, is known to elicit severe gastrointestinal symptoms that include nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, and even stomach cramps. What’s worse is that this bacteria has the chance to be spread from your home’s pets to your family members. In addition to Salmonella, another common household bacteria is known as Pseudomonas. This is a highly contagious pathogen that has been known to cause a wide range of illnesses. Most commonly pneumonia, but ranging all the way to UTIs and sepsis, it is responsible for more than 50,000 documented infections in the United States every year. This is a result of how common this bacteria is in contaminated water sources such as your home’s plumbing systems.

Your family’s water sources are under constant threat from these contaminants. For more information on how to stay properly defended against the contaminants detailed in this post and more, take a minute to review the infographic accompanying this post.

Chris Ebener is a mechanical engineer for LiquiTech, with a proven track record of diagnosing and remediating public water system issues of various sizes and complexity. Ebener is an expert on the biochemical makeup of facility water systems, system architecture and various methodologies of public drinking water treatment.