America’s Drinking Water
Despite the United States having one of the best supplies of drinking water in the world, the water that comes out of your faucet is never going to be pure H2O. Drinking water contains a multitude of minerals, impurities, microorganism and other contaminants, though ideally these are only present in trace amounts and do not necessarily impact your health in a negative way.
Although most of the United States receives their drinking water from the surface of the earth, Florida has a large supply of ground water. According to the Florida Department of Health, ground water wells are responsible for over 92% of our drinking water. Drinking water includes the water with which we flush our toilets, wash our laundry, water our lawns, etc. Some of these wells have been contaminated by certain chemicals and bacteria that have managed to seep into the water supply. Contamination by chemicals is largely due to leaking gasoline storage tanks, pesticide applications, and landfills, while bacterial contaminations are as a result of poorly maintained septic systems, livestock areas, or poorly constructed wells.
The Department has made chemical fact sheets available that contain information on a variety of specific chemicals including risk of exposure, how such chemicals can affect your health, and what the standards are for such chemicals. The most common contaminants in Florida are bacteria, nitrates, and lead. Other chemicals such as ethylene dibromide (EDB), tetrachloroethylene (PCE), and temik have also been found in isolated areas. Here is some information about the different contaminants you may find in your unfiltered water:
Only 80% of Florida’s residents receive their water from public water systems which are covered by the Federal Safe Drinking Act. The other 20% receive their water from limited-use public or private systems, where it is the responsibility of the private owners to ensure the safety of their water. Given the many potential contaminants in our drinking water, Art Plumbing, AC & Electric offers various water treatment systems to ensure that you and your family stays healthy, no matter where your drinking water is coming from.
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