Bacteria, Viruses and Protozoa
Could my drinking water be making me sick?
Various types of bacteria/viruses/protozoa can be found in pre-treated and or inadequately treated water. Bacteria and viruses can also be indicators that reflect a larger problem in the treatment process or the integrity of the distribution system. While some types of bacteria in the water can be harmless, other forms of bacteria in your water can be serious and can lead to immediate health problems. While bacterial issues are more common in well water distribution than from a public source, if you think there could be bacteria in your water, please contact us immediately.
Common signs of bacteria in my water.
Common issues include... feeling ill after consumption, chronic sickness in household, diarrhea, high concentrations of iron in water.
Could bacteria in my water be harmful?
Most of the bacteria in the water we drink are completely harmless. However, bacteria commonly found in drinking water creates conditions which enable other potentially harmful bacteria to thrive. Biofilms can form on all water pipes which is totally normal and this bacterium is usually not harmful. The problem that arises is that biofilms can also be a safe place for harmful bacteria such as Escherichia coli or Legionella to hide, essentially creating a breeding ground for other, more harmful bacteria. If the bacterial growth is too heavy, it can break off into the water flow, which at best can make water discolored, taste unpleasant, and at worst can release more dangerous bacteria, harmful bacteria and viruses. By filtering and disinfecting your drinking water you are removing this bacteria and removing this potential health threat which increases your chances of boosting your immunity, gut health, and skin health. Central PA Soft Water has several different disinfection applications from chemical-free ultra violet light systems, ozone generation systems, and chlorination systems (if required by state law).
The best chemical-free way to disinfect untreated well water, which has or is at risk of bacterial contamination, is by using an ultra violet light system. Central PA Soft Water can install a quality UV light system for your home. Places of business that serve the public, such as restaurants, are required to have a chlorination system which can be installed as well.