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Protecting Your Family From Groundwater Contamination

15 March, 2013 (08:26) | Drinking Water, Drinking Water System, Impurities Found in Drinking Water, Impurity Solutions, Reverse Osmosis, Water Safety | By: admin

With a resource as important and vital to the survival of humanity, groundwater should be valued and protected. But as we protect our groundwater, we also should protect our families from the water itself. National Groundwater Awareness Week will take place from March 10-16 and puts the spotlight on this vital natural resource. Without it, communities, the environment, and humanity itself could not survive. Both public drinking water systems and private wells depend on groundwater for their supplies. Around 44% of the U.S. population depends on groundwater alone, also known as the water that fills cracks and other openings in beds of rock and sand, for its drinking water supply (be it from either a public source or private well). In rural areas, the number is about 96%. Yet, we need to also be aware of the threats to groundwater both with climate effects and drinking water contamination which is the goal of this national awareness campaign. Now may be the perfect time to also consider one of our water filters to protect yourself from groundwater contamination whether you have a private well or use your public drinking water system.

According to groundwater.org, groundwater contamination occurs when man-made products such as gasoline, oil, road salts and chemicals get into the groundwater and cause it to become unsafe and unfit for human use. Some of the major sources of these products, called contaminants, are “storage tanks, septic systems, hazardous waste sites, landfills, and the widespread use of road salts, fertilizers, pesticides and other chemicals.” Groundwater can become polluted, or contaminated, simply by being on the surface. It can also become polluted from leaky underground tanks that store gasoline and when pollutants leak, spill, or are carelessly dumped on the ground they can move through the soil. Septic systems are a major concern across the country. For example, “an improperly designed, located, constructed, or maintained septic system can leak bacteria, viruses, household chemicals, and other contaminants into the groundwater causing serious problems.”

Groundwater is so important in the functioning of everyday life, not just drinking water. The United States uses 79.6 billion gallons per day of fresh groundwater for public supply, private supply, irrigation, livestock, manufacturing, mining, thermoelectric power, and other purposes. But our main concern still needs to be the groundwater contamination. Protect your family’s drinking water with one of our eco-friendly reverse osmosis water purifiers which will effectively and efficiently remove harmful contaminants during the reverse osmosis filtering process. With high-flow capability and a continuous supply of great-tasting, safe drinking water, you will feel better about your drinking water and the drinking water that supplies it. As we become increasingly more aware of our groundwater, be sure to use caution with one of our water filters.