The events in Flint, MI were a wakeup call to everyone in America that water quality isn’t something we can take for granted. Even if lead contamination isn’t a big concern in Monroe County, many contaminants could be lurking in your water. Here are a few reasons why Indianapolis residents should have their water tested.
The quality of water in your home depends on many factors such as the age of your home’s plumbing system and the purity of the source of your water. Water quality in Indianapolis has been improving, but it wasn’t too long ago that tests were showing causes for concern. In 2017, a report from the Environmental Working Group found that nine contaminants in the Indianapolis water supply were at elevated levels. The pollutants were potentially harmful and are linked to health issues such as cancer, brain and nervous system damage or developmental defects.
This database on the national water supply was based on tests from 2015. Though the results weren’t great, they were an improvement over prior years. None of the contaminants exceeded the legal limits set by the Safe Water Drinking Act, which is the federal standard for what water is safe to drink. However, national standards are about minimally acceptable water quality. Many health experts and scientists would recommend lower levels of contaminants than what is required by the government, especially for things like arsenic, chloroform and radiological chemicals, which were found in Indianapolis water.
The data for the report was supplied by Citizens Energy Group and tested for over 100 different contaminants. These impurities can come from natural sources, but can still be harmful to humans if levels get too high. There were 24 contaminants detected, including the nine that were above health guideline recommendations. Even if the water is technically safe to drink, it’s worth it to test for these impurities and remove them. These contaminants can harm your health. For example, Atrazine can cause cancer or damage the reproductive system, chlorate can impair thyroid function, and hexavalent chromium can lead to cancer.
The most recently available testing from Citizens Energy Group, from 2017, is more encouraging. All of the tests showed that the water for Indianapolis and Morgan County is within EPA standards. However, this improvement doesn’t mean there is no benefit to having your water tested. The water quality testing shows variation over the years. For example, there was no arsenic detected in the water supply in 2010, 2011 and 2014 but there were unsafe levels detected in 2012, 2013 and 2015.
Having your water tested is especially important if your water comes from a private well. Many wells in the Indianapolis area have iron, manganese, and hydrogen sulfide in them. Testing the levels of these contaminants allows us to determine the most effective way to treat this water.
If you want to have your water tested or have a filtration system installed, American Aqua Solutions can help improve the water quality in your home or business. Thanks to our years of experience in the area, we are very familiar with Indiana water problems and how to effectively treat them. Our goal is to build stable, ongoing relationships with our Indy neighbors while providing adequate and sustainable water treatment results. Send us a message online or call us at 317-914-5701 if you need assistance with your residential or commercial water.