Drinking Well Water – Safe for Drinking and Washing?
Posted Aug 24 2012 8:18am
A shocking statistic reveals that one out of six people on this planet do not have access to drinking water.
What makes this statistic even more appalling and far-reaching in its effects is the fact that water-related illnesses are the leading cause of death and sickness.
While this might be a statistic pertaining to third-world countries, the recent controversy surrounding 'fracking' and how it affects drinking water in Pennsylvania is just as alarming. Read the story at this link for more information.
This isn't good news for the oil and gas corporations, by any stretch of the imagination, but the emergence of this study also leads to conclusions that suggest that the drinking water used in and around a 'fracking' well is anything but safe.
Almost 15 % in the United States do not depend on water that is provided by the federal and state governments, thanks to having either a private well or a spring on their property.
Sadly, these sources of water aren't covered under the Safe Drinking Water Act of 1974, and even worse, put its users at risk for several reasons than otherwise.
The risk of drinking well water that is contaminated is pretty high depending on how well you maintain it, where it is located and how well it was built.
Also, thanks to the presence of items such as household waste, heavy metals, lead, copper, fluoride, pesticides, organic chemicals and microorganisms, the chances of drinking contaminated water increases to alarming levels.
This is why it is recommended by experts that groundwater should undergo testing before being consumed for the first time as well as from time to time.
If you're not sure where to find tips about how to ensure that you get clean water , looking for tips at the EPA website or even getting the water tested every year at a private lab is an excellent idea.
Please be advised that while there are some contaminants that won't cost much to be detected, there are others that might thousands of dollars to be tested.
One thing to keep in mind, though, is that the deeper the well, the less likely it is to be contaminated – yet even then precautions need to be taken.
Drinking Well Water – Can It Be Made Safe?
Well, if your tests prove that there is no problem with the well water, then it should be fine. However, if there are traces of microorganisms, then several method of disinfecting the water are available.
Chlorination, ozonation, distillation and ultraviolet are some of the methods by which you can get clean water, and to be on the safe side… since they virtually eliminate all microorganisms, harmful or not.
Also, you can carry out the water treatment in the well before you ensure it is clean by using a water treatment device.