Each day I search for drinking water contamination issues around the U.S. Nearly each day I find information reporting that somewhere there is an issue, crisis, or some important information about a contaminant that is making the news.
For example, the past two posts were about the chemical Chromium-6, which is known to have adverse health effects when consumed.
Obviously, no one would knowingly consume a dangerous chemical like chromium-6. However, as I reported last time, as many as millions of people in the U.S. have consumed, or are still consuming this chemical in their drinking water.
Safe drinking water levels of the chemical are still being studied.
Today, I found an article in Watertechonline.com, titled “Drinking Water News: Highly Corrosive Ground Water in 25 States.”
You can go to watertechonline.com and read this and other water related articles if you wish. However, I report most of the article here, as well as scour other sources and attempt to report water contamination issues from around the U.S. that I believe are important and that affect consumers.
My goal is to make this a site where consumers can learn what is happening around the country as it relates to water contamination issues so you can better protect your family.
USGS Finds Corrosive Groundwater in All 50 States and Washington, D.C.
The article states that high or very high prevalence of corrosive groundwater was discovered in 25 states in a 2016 U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) assessment of 20,000 wells across the U.S. USGS looked for two indicators of potential corrosivity and found corrosive groundwater in all 50 states and Washington, D.C.
States With Very High Potentially Corrosive Groundwater
Alabama, Delaware, Connecticut, Georgia, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New Jersey, Rhode Island, South Carolina and the District of Columbia all had very high prevalence of potentially corrosive groundwater.
States With High Potentially Corrosive Groundwater
Arkansas, Florida, Louisiana, Mississippi, North Carolina, New York, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Tennessee, Vermont, Virginia, West Virginia and Washington each had a high prevalence of potentially corrosive groundwater.
If Untreated, Corrosive Water May Affect Your Drinking Water Quality
“The corrosivity of untreated groundwater is only one of several factors that may affect the quality of household drinking water at the tap,” USGS Associate Director for Water, Don Cline said. “Nevertheless, it is an essential factor that should be carefully considered in testing for water quality in both public and private supplies nationwide.”
Private Wells For Drinking Should Be Tested
The survey, titled “Assessing the Potential Corrosivity of U.S. Groundwater,” also found that while approximately 15 percent of the population depends on private wells for drinking water, many do not perform the basic testing necessary to ensure safe water.
I believe this report is important. Ground water in many areas may be corrosive, however, that does not mean you have no choice but to drink that contamination.
A Quality Filter Will Remove or Reduce Contaminants
A good, quality water filter will reduce or remove any such corrosivity, just as a filter will remove chlorine and many other contaminants prior to your family consuming the water.
Filter Your Drinking Water
Please look into filtering your drinking water at the tap. It will give you peace of mind, while others, who do not filter, cannot have that comfort level.
Please let me help and guide you in your selection of a quality water filter. My filter is certified by NSF to remove or reduce the widest range of contaminants.