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Clean water is a necessity that’s easy for Americans to take for granted. Yet, clean water supplies are threatened every day by industrial and agricultural chemicals, pharmaceutical by-products, bacteria, heavy metals and more. Some of these impurities are able to make their way through community water filtration and treatment systems and into the tap water, even right here in Sarasota and Bradenton, FL. Though the health risks of tap water are lower overall than in developing countries, it’s still important to take precautions to ensure drinking water is as clean and safe as possible.

Water utilities are required to ensure tap water meets federal safety guidelines. This is accomplished through water testing, filtration and treatment. Unfortunately, this process doesn’t take create perfectly clean water. Contaminants that exceed healthy levels can remain in the water, and the testing doesn’t cover every possible pollutant. For example, lead contamination can enter home water supplies through degraded plumbing fittings, especially in older homes. Exposure to lead carries a number of health effects, including:

– Mental and physical developmental delays in children and babies.
– Reduced attention span in children.
– Higher blood pressure in adults.
– Kidney problems in adults.
– Damage to red blood cells and the nervous system.

For cancer patients and others with fragile immune systems, having ultraclean water may be a matter of life and death. Most municipal water should be safe if it is tested daily for coliform bacteria, but well water requires special attention and may need to be boiled. Bottled water may not even be pure enough unless it is distilled or run through a reverse osmosis filter.

A reverse osmosis water filtration system removes metals, lead, fluoride and many other impurities from tap and well water. If your main problem is hard water that leaves mineral deposits behind, an advanced water conditioning system could make all the difference. Dishes come out cleaner, soap scum is reduced and appliances and clothing can last longer without the extra build-up from minerals in the water. People, pets and property can all benefit from this additional filtration.

Improving the quality of your water is important not only for your health but for your home’s plumbing and appliances. The pros at Aqua Plumbing & Air of Sarasota have nearly 40 years of experience working with water systems. We conduct complimentary water analysising and explain how you can reduce contaminants in your drinking water. We only offer top-rated systems, and we guarantee all of our work. After your new system is installed, you’ll rest a little easier knowing you’ve done everything possible to keep clean water flowing in your home.