Just because you can’t see it (or taste it) doesn’t mean you’re not affected by common water contaminants. Recently, as we were working with a homeowner in Maryland, we uncovered a number of impurities in their water supply. All of which could be traced back to a propane leak on their property! After testing the water, we were able to form a plan for remediation. Ensuring they’ll be able to enjoy high quality tap water in the future. But this situation made us realize how easy it is for contaminants to go undetected. So, today we’re sharing more about common water impurities and what to do about them!
Culprit #1: Naphthalene
If you haven’t heard
of this contaminant before, you’re not alone. Naphthalene isn’t exactly a household name. Still, it’s in many common items you may have around the house—and possibly even your water supply. Basically, it’s a byproduct of crude oil or coal tar that’s often found in smoke or car exhaust. But it’s also proven to be an effective pesticide. In fact, it’s the key ingredient in mothballs!
Normally, this contaminant is absorbed as a gas, rather than in your water supply. But our recent discovery has proved that it’s present in Maryland. If you notice that your water has a strange smell, there may be abnormally high levels of naphthalene in it. Over time, this could lead to chronically upset stomachs, diarrhea, or even a condition known as hemolytic anemia. Fortunately, we have the technology to filter this contaminant out of your water. With proper remediation, your water source should be clear in just a couple of days! Contact Atlantic Blue Water Services to learn more.
Contaminant #2: MTBE
Otherwise known as methyl tertiary butyl ether (but you can see why we call it MTBE). This common contaminant has been popping up in groundwater all over the country—usually as the result of gas and propane spills or leaks. Originally used as an additive to raise the octane number in gas, its use has decline in recent years over environmental concerns.
It’s relatively easy to detect by its strong odor and taste. Unfortunately, many people find the smell so offensive, that their water becomes undrinkable without proper remediation. In addition, research has linked this contaminant to cancer when inhaled. But its effect(s) when ingested in water are still largely unknown. The EPA requires more research before they’ll set any MTBE advisory limits. Still, you have control over your own drinking water. Allow Atlantic Blue Water Services to test for MTBE in your water supply. If we find high levels, we’ll be able to put you on a path to remediation with the right filtration system.
Impurity #3: Benzene
As a clear, colorless substance, benzene is one of the hardest common water contaminants to detect. It’s also highly flammable and linked to a number of health concerns. As a key ingredient in the manufacturing process of plastic, it’s frequently found in crude oil and gasoline. As well as international ground water supplies. Thanks to growing concerns about this contaminant, both the World Health Organization (WHO) and EPA have developed standards to ensure public safety. Currently, acceptable levels of benzene in water range from 0 to 5 parts per billion.
These amounts must be small to reduce the risk of temporary nervous system disorders, immune system suppression, anemia, and even certain types of cancer. Fortunately, granular activated charcoal and aeration filtering are effective means of remediation for this particular contaminant. If you think you have even trace amounts of benzene, naphthalene, MTBE, or other common water contaminants, reach out to a water specialist today. The sooner we test your water, the sooner we can start remediation!