Common Drinking Water Contaminants

Read this tip to make your life smarter, better, faster and wiser. LifeTips is the place to go when you need to know about Drinking Water Contamination and other Water Filter topics.

What are the most common drinking water contaminants?

Common Drinking Water Contaminants

Drinking water contamination is a serious problem. Tap water typically contains a number of harmful substances. The good news is that drinking water filter systems are an effective solution for removing dangerous compounds from the water supply.

Some of the most common drinking water contaminants are:

Chlorine and Cancer: Chlorine consumption is believed to contribute to bladder, breast, and rectal cancers.

Lead: Consuming water contaminated with lead can cause stroke, kidney failure, and serious childhood development problems

Trichloroethylene (TCE): Ingestion of this chemical contributes to liver problems and places individuals at an increased risk of contracting certain types of cancer.

Volatile Organic Compounds (VOC): The term VOC is used to describe various types of dangers chemicals that end up in the water supply, many of which are carcinogenic and can damage both kidney and liver function when consumed.

Trihalomethane (THM): A byproduct of chlorination, consumption of THM that ends up in the water supply can lead to problems with kidney, liver, and nervous system functioning, in addition to being highly carcinogenic.

   

Comments

Nobody has commented on this tip yet. Be the first.



Name:


URL: (optional)


Comment:


Not finding the advice and tips you need on this Water Filter Tip Site? Request a Tip Now!


Guru Spotlight
Jennifer Mathes, Ph.D.