How Do Our Water Sources Become Polluted?
All across our great nation, rivers, lakes and streams are becoming more contaminated every day. Melting snow and rain go across the surface of the land or soaks into the ground and in so doing dissolves naturally occurring minerals and contaminants that are the result of farming, human and wildlife activity. The pollutants end up in our water sources that our municipalities use. Contaminants that may be present:
- Microbial viruses and bacteria caused by sewage treatment, septic systems, farming operations and wildlife
- Inorganic contaminants that naturally occur from stormwater runoff, industrial discharge, mining or farming
- Pesticides from a wide variety of sources
- Organic chemical pollutants from industrial sources and stormwater runoff
- Radioactive contaminants from medical discharge
All of these need to be chemically treated and disinfected by your municipal water district. Chemicals such as chlorine and chloramines reduce the viruses, bacteria and contaminants both organic and inorganic, however, those chemicals also come into your home and must be treated in your home for cleaner water to drink, bathe and cook with.