10 Ways Your Drinking Water Could Be Contaminated

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Not a single one of us can survive very long without water. Most of us could last weeks without food, but death comes within a matter of days without water. Fortunately for most of us, we have easy access to clean drinking water, but did you know that even in developed countries, there are areas where drinking water is dangerous due to contaminants? Even though it is extremely rare, there are cases where mistakes are made that can contaminate public water supplies. There are also millions of people who get their drinking water from private wells and other natural sources, and those sources can also be contaminated by any number of means, including industrial waste, pesticides and other agricultural sources, landfills, and even naturally-occurring bacteria. Drinking water should be tested regularly regardless of the source. The following are some of the most common ways drinking water can be contaminated, and could be hazardous to the health of the people drinking it.

1. Cryptosporidium

This is a bacteria that has a history of sickening people after it has contaminated public water supplies. It is found in the excrement of both humans and animals, so it’s a very common organism. Symptoms of infection include abdominal cramps, vomiting, and diarrhea. It can be particularly dangerous for the very young, the elderly, and those with compromised immune systems.

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