Is Canadian tap water safe? Some recent studies suggest that it may not be as safe as you think. According to a government study done in May 2016, an estimated 330,000 people get an acute stomach bug every year from drinking municipally-supplied water. Some of these people may end up in the hospital or in extreme cases die from the illness. In addition to this, the researchers conclude that millions of Canadians still get their drinking water from municipal and private systems that do not meet the recommended safety standards. It is surprising that this is still the case even after the Walkerton, Ontario water tragedy. If you have questions about the quality of your water and would like to know how to improve it, contact us at WaterSmart.
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Majority Of Canadians Have Safe Drinking Water
It is true that the majority of Canadians receive their drinking water from municipalities which have installed systems which use multiple fail-safe treatment "barriers" to prevent contaminants entering the water. These include combining methods such as chlorine disinfection, filters, and ultraviolet light treatment.These systems have proven to be the most effective way of keeping tap water safe. More municipalities are looking into implementing these systems. According to the CBC, however, many first nations communities do not have access to clean tap water let alone indoor plumbing. For these residents, bottled water and outhouses are part of their daily life.
Some Municipalities Have Substandard Systems
According to the National Post's website, there are, however, still about 1.5 million people who get their drinking water from municipal systems that have a single treatment or no treatment at all. According to researchers, these systems often draw water from the surface water which has a higher tendency to become contaminated.
The Risk Of Getting Sick From Tap Water Is Low
The Public Health Agency of Canada and Health Canada assure us that the overall figures show that the likelihood of getting sick from consuming tap water from municipalities in Canada is relatively low. The risk is, however, higher for people who get their drinking water from a private well.
The Risk Of Drinking Water From A Private Well
Tap water from a private well may contain microbiological, chemical, or other types of pollutants. It is important to have the water in private wells tested regularly to determine if it is safe for human consumption and what, if any, contaminants may be present. Unfortunately, a 2011 survey found that only 27 percent of those using private wells ever tested their water. According to Public Health, well water should be tested fo E. coli and coliform in the spring, summer, and autumn. In addition, nitrates and fluoride should be tested every year.
How A Reverse Osmosis Unit Can Help
There is no single water treatment device which can remove every type of substance from your drinking water. Each homeowner needs to determine if they require additional water treatment and if so which type or types of treatment would be the most beneficial. If you get your water from a private well, you may require additional treatment. A reverse osmosis unit might be beneficial. It will remove minerals and contaminants such as chromium, mercury, copper chloramine, pesticides, and chlorine. Read more about how reverse osmosis works.
If you are unsure about the best treatment system for your drinking water, talk to the experts at WaterSmart. We have been advising our customers in Kitchener, Waterloo, Cambridge, Guelph, and the surrounding areas since 1994. You can trust us to provide your family with a line of water treatment products guaranteed to supply conditioned, clean, and safe water to your home.
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