How and Why Do Municipalities Monitor Drinking Water Quality?
Friday, June 19, 2020
We've been taught that the safest source of water is from the tap. But drinking water isn't always as safe as you'd assume. In 2017, a study found that 63 million Americans had been exposed to contaminated drinking water.
When municipal water systems don't keep a keen eye on their water sources, major risks come about. Bacteria, harmful chemicals, and toxic natural elements can easily slip through the systems. Because these contaminants are too small to see (and usually have no scent), they oftentimes go completely unnoticed until it's too late.
Fortunately, there are solutions to improve drinking water quality. Here's how we can better assure safe and healthy drinking water for everyone.

Drinking Water Quality Assurance

Because there are so many ways in which water can become poisonous, we need to use as much care with our water treatment as possible. By using careful processes in water monitoring, we can better assure that our consumers have access to safe drinking water.
Over time, U.S. policymakers have established water treatment standards to better ensure safe drinking water. The CDC provides an in-depth overview of the most common measures used in the modern water treatment process.
While these measures are used in all treatment facilities in the U.S., there are further steps we can add to reduce contamination risks. One common addition to water treatment systems is backflow prevention systems. These prevent harmful contaminants from seeping back into cleaned water once it's cleaned.

Water Monitoring: Minor Issues Cause Major Problems

Contaminated water goes straight to the water taps in every home, restaurant, and business utilizing the water source. Since people usually can't tell their water is toxic, they oftentimes only find out about the contamination after they've become ill. For people with weakened immune systems, this mistake can be lethal.
A major problem is the lack of efficient oversight during the water cleaning process. In other cases, using the wrong process lead to malfunctions in the water systems themselves.
We've seen the deadly results in the news. Cities like Flint, Michigan, and Milwaukee, Wisconsin are evidence that water treatment systems failed their consumers. In these particular cases, the consumers had no clue that their water was unsafe until the repercussions began.
But sometimes the problem is a lack of sufficient cleaning technology. According to a recent article, residents in Georgia are concerned that coal ash from a local power plant is seeping into their water supply. Furthermore, it isn't being processed out in their municipality's water cleaning process. With this carcinogen leaking into their system, consumers need more advanced water treatment technology to improve their drinking water quality.

Ensure the Best Drinking Water Quality

From the cases of water contamination in the United States, it's gravely evident that there's no such thing as going overboard with water treatment. The more treatment processes the water goes through, the safer the water will be to the consumers.
Because most water toxins can't be seen by the naked eye, and because human errors occur, water treatment processes must be optimized. Proper tracking can't be done without incorporating advanced, well-maintained technology in the cleaning process. By adding more treatment technology to your water treatment plan, you can better assure your consumers are safe.
Interested in improving your drinking water quality? Contact us today to learn how you can optimize your drinking water safety process.