Category: Contaminants

Why Federal Regulations Are Vital for Clean Drinking Water, But Not Sufficient We all know the old saying, “water is essential to life.” But a newer, revised version would begin with “clean, safe, and healthy….” In the United States, we are fortunate to have various federal water quality standards that require water treatment facilities to […]

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What Is TDS & How To Test TDS With A TDS Meter? Updated April 27th, 2023 Picture this: News just broke about a widespread lead contamination problem in your city. Haunted by the dark memories of the Flint water crisis, you begin scouring the internet, desperately trying to find a way to check if your […]

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Is East Palestine’s Water Safe to Drink After the Ohio Train Derailment? On Feb. 3, 2023, a freight train carrying various chemical compounds rumbled through East Palestine, Ohio. The train’s deafening horn echoed through the small industrial town, alerting residents of its imminent arrival. But no one could have predicted the disaster that was about […]

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Nutrient Pollution: A Persistent Threat to Wyoming Waterways Imagine this: You stop by a lake to admire its scenic surroundings and natural beauty. But strangely, you notice large chunks of green scum and scores of lifeless fish floating on the once-clear surface while a foul odor fills the air. This spooky, unsightly event results from […]

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What are Disinfection Byproducts (DBPs) in Drinking Water? Every day, swarms of waterborne microbes infiltrate our drinking water systems – E. coli bacteria, brain-eating amoebas, the whole shebang. Because of this, the EPA requires all public water utilities to take steps to ensure only clean, microbe-free drinking water reaches our homes. But in most cases, […]

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How to Remove Iron Bacteria from Well Water Updated February 8th, 2023 If your drinking water comes from a private well, you will likely experience issues with iron in your water. These issues can range from poor-tasting coffee to bright orange streaks in toilets and bathtubs. However, there’s an equally familiar but less understood problem […]

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Is Tap Water Bad for Your Hair and Skin? Updated Jan 31st, 2023 When you experience a hair or skin dilemma, it’s easy to blame your diet, hormones, stress, or a beauty product you started using recently. But when you can’t pinpoint the culprit, it might be time to examine what you use to wash […]

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Is Florida’s Tap Water Safe to Drink? Whether moving to Florida or planning your dream vacation to the Sunshine State, it offers something special for everyone. But like many residents and travelers, you may be concerned about the safety of its tap water, given the water quality issues after Hurricane Ian. While Florida has an […]

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Effects of Fertilizer Runoff on Drinking Water Quality Since ancient times, many farmers have relied on organic fertilizers to keep soil healthy and productive. But with the development of petroleum-based synthetic fertilizers, used to give plants a quick fix of nutrients, farmers and homeowners began relying more heavily on chemical/inorganic fertilizers than the natural, healthier […]

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Is Purified Water The Same As Distilled Water? Which is the Better Choice? Updated January 3rd, 2023 Remember the days when your local supermarket only had a handful of bottled water choices? Picking one off the shelf was so easy and straightforward! But thanks to new water treatment techniques (and shady marketing tactics), shopping for […]

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