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YUCK! You May Be Drinking This!

May 2, 2022

Many of us trust our municipal water supply without thinking twice about what might actually be within the water. The EPA has regulations for over 90 contaminants, which means all are legally allowed to be in our water supply at some level to be considered “safe” in your drinking water. Our HALO team is dedicated to making a difference and providing pure drinking water for you and your family. Continue reading to learn what some of the most common contaminants are! 



Nitrate is a naturally occurring compound when nitrogen mixes with oxygen or ozone. Although nitrogen is essential for all living things, high levels of nitrate in drinking water can be extremely harmful to infants and pregnant women of the lack of oxygen. Nitrates react with hemoglobin, turning the hemoglobin into a compound called methemoglobin. Methemoglobin tightly carries oxygen, restricting tissues to receive the oxygen they need. Nitrate can naturally occur in surface and groundwater and high levels can be found in well water due to improper construction, the location of the well, overuse of fertilizers, or incorrect disposal of human or animal waste. Nitrate can be successfully removed from your home’s water supply during an ion exchange, distillation, and reverse osmosis. 


Pesticides have the potential to contaminate drinking water in both rural and suburban areas. They make their way into groundwater and surface water that feed into municipal drinking water supplies. The level of contamination can often vary month to month based on seasonality. However, public municipalities use pesticides, such as chlorine, to kill bacteria, viruses, and other present organisms. Of course, the levels of contamination and degree of toxins will determine how dangerous the water supply is. 


The concentration of heavy metals in drinking water is still not within the recommended limits by regulated authorities even with ever-advancing technology. According to the Environmental Protection Agency, contaminated drinking water containing heavy metals can lead to cardiovascular disorders, neuronal damage, renal injuries, or risk of cancer and diabetes. The top five metals tested for in water are manganese, arsenic, chromium, copper, and lead.

Toxins Produced by Bacteria

There are at least 80 different types of bacteria that spawn from cyanobacteria or blue-green algae. When excess cyanobacteria grow in a water supply, an algal bloom forms. The most widespread cyanotoxin or cyanobacteria are the peptide toxins in the class of microcystins. The health effects of being exposed to microcystins could be from ingesting or inhaling during recreational activities. According to the Department of Health, symptoms can range anywhere from fever, headaches, muscle and joint pain, blisters, stomach cramps, diarrhea, vomiting, mouth ulcers, to allergic reactions.  

It’s crucial to get your water regularly tested to ensure you and your family remain safe and healthy. Find out what’s in your local water sources here! When you change your water, you will CHANGE YOUR LIFE! Give our team a call today at 800-591-0538 to find out which system best suits you and your home’s needs.