You may have had a visitor to your home inquire, “Is the water safe to drink?” Indeed, many contaminants can be found in tap water that make it unsuitable for drinking. The type and amount of contaminants vary depending on your location. For example, those who live near a farm may have pesticides in their water, while those who live in a large urban area may have industrial chemicals in the water.
Types of water contaminants can include:
- Organic chemicals. Organic waste can include household chemicals, fertilizers, pesticides, and solvents.
- Inorganic chemicals. Inorganic materials come from industry waste, chemical waste, plumbing sources, and fertilizer components.
- Pathogens. Pathogens include bacteria, viruses, and parasites that can cause serious health risks. Pathogens enter the water system because of improperly sealed or constructed sewage systems or because of runoff waste from farms or dog parks.
- Radioactive waste. Radioactive waste forms when uranium decays over time. Buried sources of radioactive waste and emissions from power plants can contaminate soil and water.
Each of these compounds can cause a variety of diseases or medical conditions. Although jurisdictions must monitor for the presence of certain chemicals, this is not the case with all contaminants. Even cities that find an unsafe amount of a certain chemical in the water do not always have the financial means or the political backing to solve the problem. To keep you and your family safe, contact your local water supplier and learn about their chemical monitoring systems and programs in order to determine if you can safely drink your tap water
If you or a loved one has suffered from a medical condition as a result of contaminated water, you may be eligible for compensation for your losses. Contact the Iowa personal injury lawyers of LaMarca Law Group, P.C. at 877-327-2600 to discuss your case with a qualified attorney.