Why is the quality of drinking water so important? Drinking water is very important for your health but drinking polluted water will cause many diseases like cholera, dysentery, jaundice, diarrhoea and other diseases. According to WHO, one of the main causes for poor nutritional standards and development in children is water pollution. Read on to learn about the impurities present in water and how to ensure that your family is getting pure drinking water.
Contaminants or impurities present in water
If Holi is here, so is summer. You’re sure to consume more water as the sweltering heat sets in and festivities take on added tempo. Your drinking water may contain impurities like magnesium, calcium, fluoride, arsenic, lead, benzene-like chemicals, heavy metals and microbes. When you do a water quality test at home, you need to look out for the presence of heavy metals and contaminants since they have no immediate effect on your health. They can cause serious health issues like cancer in the long run.
If your drinking water contains any bacteria or virus, you’ll know soon enough since they cause stomach issues and will make you sick immediately. The most common disease-causing bacteria are E.coli and coliform.
How do you test the quality of your drinking water?
You can either buy a water test kit from any store or even buy it online. Usually, these kits contain strips that change colour when dipped in the water to indicate the presence of different contaminants—bacteria, lead, pesticides, nitrites/nitrates, chlorine, etc. You can get these kits easily and what’s more, they are relatively cheap too. Point to note: While you can get a general idea of what is in your water, do not rely only on water kits to determine the quality of your drinking water.