Understanding Water Contaminant Basics
At Ashton Tucker, the primary goal of our water treatment equipment is to keep water safe and free of major contaminants. There are a number of different ways drinking water can become unsafe to drink, and these kinds of contaminations can be some of the easiest ways for disease to spread.
What are the various types of contaminants possible in water, and how do they get into water sources? Most importantly, how do we go about regulating and eliminating these sources of contamination? Let’s have a look.
Types of Contaminants
In most cases, there are four broad types of contamination that may enter a drinking supply at a given time. These four areas are:
There are several possible sources for possible water contamination. Any open-air water source is exposed to acid rain and storm runoff, and many forms of animal waste and other ground runoff can make its way into water sources in very rainy places or during particularly wet seasons. Some of these forms of waste will be eliminated by sunlight and naturally resistant microbes, but some will often remain. In addition, underground wells can fall victim to many water seeping issues.
Regulation and Safety
The most straightforward form of regulation for water safety is through the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), which uses the Clean Water Act to specify acceptable levels of contamination in drinking water. There will be times where contamination in a particular community may lead to community-wide orders to boil or otherwise treat water, and you’ll need to take special care if you live in one of these areas during one of these times.
At AshtonTucker, our water process equipment is state-of-the-art, and designed to meet and exceed EPA regulations. Speak with one of our experts today to learn more about what we do to prevent water contamination.