Filter Your Water
Water municipalities are in place to help disinfect and treat the water supply before it reaches your home. While they do all they can to meet regulations when the water leaves the facility, they really can’t tell you about the pipes that carry the water down line. It is very common for pipes to spring a leak, crack, or burst, but it’s only a small percent that actually cause for attention. A big enough crack will cause for a “boil water alert”, but that is only once they notice the fault in the pipe. How long has that pipe been cracked or leaking before it gets noticed?
Even with the disinfectants put into the water by the municipalities, contaminants can still get into the water and stay in the water. Herbicides, pesticides, chemical runoff, and pharmaceuticals, to name a few, have been found in municipally treated water. Not to mention the bacteria that the water carries. One of the most common bacteria found in water, cryptosporidium, is very resistant to the chlorine used to disinfect the water. In an article written by Kelly Reynolds, MSPH, PhD, she went on to say, “The organism has an innate ability to resist the oxidative effects of chlorine.” (Reynolds, 2020). This basically means when the Cryptosporidium comes in contact with chlorine, the chlorine is not as effective in destroying the bacteria as it is with others. This is concerning because the bacteria is still in the water supply when it reaches its final destination, the homes of families and customers of municipalities.
How to Prevent Cryptosporidium from Entering Your Home
With cryptosporidium being a bacteria, with a size ranging from 4 to 6 microns in diameter, a water filter with a sub-micron rating (smaller than 1 micron) would be ideal to ensure the bacteria do not end up reaching your tap water that you use to drink, wash, and bathe. You and your family shouldn’t have to worry about the safety of your water!
For more info on Cryptosporidium check out our “Cryptosporidium in Water” blog.
Reynolds, Kelly A. “Microbes and Emerging Chlorine Resistance.” WCP Online, 28 Sept. 2020, wcponline.com/2020/10/15/microbes-and-emerging-chlorine-resistance/.