Lead in our drinking water may be dominating headlines, but it’s not the only contaminant that can be found when we turn on the tap. In fact, the Safe Drinking Water Act defines a contaminant as anything in water that’s not actually a water molecule – which is very broad definition.
Learn more from the Environmental Protection Agency about the categories of drinking water contaminants below:
- Physical Contaminants – these types of contaminants would change the way your drinking water looked. They usually come from sediment or organic material suspended in lake or river water as a result of soil erosion.
- Chemical Contaminants – these contaminants can be either naturally occurring or manmade and include substances like nitrogen, bleach, pesticides, toxins made from bacteria, metals, or disposed pharmaceuticals. Lead is a chemical contaminant.
- Biological Contaminants – these are living organisms like microbes, including bacteria, viruses, and parasites.
- Radiological Contaminants – this type of contaminant is more rare and includes cesium, plutonium, and uranium that occur as a result of ionizing radiation.
It’s important to note that not all contaminants are harmful to our health. Some pose no health risk at all. But part of living sustainably is becoming a more informed consumer and citizen. If you’re concerned about the drinking water in your area, contact your local authorities. You can also purchase test kits – just do your research and make sure you’re buying a reputable product.
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