What Is In Your Water? Know What Your Water Is Being Treated With

If you have wondered about the drinking water at your site, it is likely that it is treated with a number of chemicals to help with disinfection and taste. While these chemicals are safe enough for consumption, some individuals may experience sensitivities or have allergies to particular additives that could be problematic. Take the mystery out of water treatment and know what you are drinking!

Some of the things added to municipal drinking water during the treatment process are:

Sodium Chloride. Sodium chloride is an integral part of the water treatment process that helps to remove the hard-water minerals and taste that can be off-putting to the public. The salt softens the water, though it is rarely- though occasionally- detected in the flavor of the water due to the concentration and the other additives involved in treating drinking water.

Potassium Chloride. Some water treatment businesses are choosing potassium chloride over sodium chloride to soften drinking water. Substituting potassium chloride prevents the chance of a salty taste in the water, while also adding potassium, an important mineral, to the consumers' daily diet.

Chlorine Dioxide. Chlorine, chloramine, and chlorine dioxide are added to water to remove organic contaminants and bacteria that could still be lurking in your drinking water after the filtration process. This process reduces germs and eliminates potential illness that could be carried in the water, including parasites that cause disease.

Citric Acids. Citric acid is often added to water to soften the hard minerals that can be found and tasted in public water supplies. The citric acids help to adjust the PH level, making the water more palatable and getting rid of the deposits caused by hard water that can build up on pipes and plumbing over time.

Fluoride. Fluoride has been added to public water supplies for over 70 years, in an effort to improve and enhance the oral hygiene of the public consuming this resource. In an effort to combat childhood tooth decay, towns and cities started fluoridating their water supplies to cut down on the health risks and issues associated with poor oral care, particularly targeting groups that may not have otherwise had access to preventative measures.

Most municipalities have water treatment plants that are forthcoming in what they do to make the water provided to their customers safe for consumption. Think about the effort and process that goes into providing you, your family, and your business with safe, clear water, and do your part to conserve this valuable resource whenever possible!