Content tagged "drinking water contaminant"

Drinking Water Contaminant - Corrosive water

Drinking Water and Human Health Updated: September 28, 2015

Corrosive water, also known as “aggressive water,” is water that will dissolve materials it comes in contact with. This naturally occurring water condition...

Drinking Water Contaminant - Arsenic

Drinking Water and Human Health Updated: December 17, 2010

Arsenic in drinking water can’t be detected by taste, sight or smell. How do you find out if your private well water is contaminated with arsenic?

Drinking Water Contaminant - Nitrate

Drinking Water and Human Health Updated: December 17, 2010

Nitrates in drinking water may cause adverse health effects. What are the sources of nitrate in private drinking water wells?

Drinking Water Contaminant - Bacteria

Drinking Water and Human Health Updated: December 08, 2010

What should homeowners know about bacteria and their private well water systems?

Drinking Water Contaminant - Volatile Organic Compounds (VOCs)

Drinking Water and Human Health Updated: December 06, 2010

Volatile Organic Chemicals (VOCs) are a class of chemicals that are carbon-containing and evaporate, or vaporize, easily into air at normal air temperatures....

Drinking Water Contaminant - Sulfur, hydrogen sulfide

Drinking Water and Human Health Updated: December 06, 2010

Sulfates are a combination of sulfur and oxygen and are a part of naturally occurring minerals in some soil and rock formations that contain groundwater. The...

Drinking Water Contaminant - Protozoa and Amoeba

Drinking Water and Human Health Updated: December 06, 2010

Drinking water supplies that depend on surface or ground water are subject to contamination by enteric waterborne pathogens. The detection of these pathogens...

Drinking Water Contaminant - Iron and manganese bacteria

Drinking Water and Human Health Updated: December 06, 2010

Iron and manganese are the 4th and 13th most common metallic elements found in the Earth’s crust, respectively. Water percolating through soil and rock can...

Drinking Water Contaminant - High total dissolved solids

Drinking Water and Human Health Updated: December 06, 2010

Total dissolved solids (TDS) is a measurement of the amount of dissolved ions in water. It is predominantly comprised of inorganic salts (calcium, magnesium,...

Drinking Water Contaminant - Hard water

Drinking Water and Human Health Updated: December 06, 2010

As water moves through soil and rock, it dissolves very small amounts of minerals and holds them in solution. The two most common minerals that make water...

Drinking Water Contaminant - Disinfection

Drinking Water and Human Health Updated: December 06, 2010

A public drinking water supply is defined as a system that provides piped water for human consumption to at least 15 service connections or regularly serves...

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