8 Common Contaminants Found in St. John’s Water

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You may or may not be shocked to learn that water isn’t as clear and clean as it seems. Sure, it’s transparent and all, but it’s the unseen that's lurking within that you should be concerned about. We’re talking about contaminants, all different kinds of them — those that cause hard water, those that make your water taste or smell strange, and those that may even pose potential health risks.

Have we got your attention yet? Good! Having soft, purified water is just as important as having running water, period. So, without further ado, allow us to introduce a few of the most common water contaminants found in water supplies here in the Northeast Avalon.

Which Water Contaminants Are Most Common?

1. E.Coli: This illness-causing bacteria is just one of many microorganisms that can live in an untreated water supply. It’s known to cause severe stomach issues, nausea, vomiting, and dehydration.

2. Radon: Like most water contaminants, radon is naturally occurring and can be dangerous in large quantities. It can seep in from surrounding rocks and soil and has even been linked to lung cancer in some instances.

3. Arsenic: In areas where industrial mining and pesticide use is predominant, the soil surrounding your water supply is to blame for arsenic, which can increase the risk of skin damage and cancer.

4. Sulfur: Does your water smell like rotten eggs? It’s not your imagination, it’s probably sulfur — a naturally occurring byproduct of plant decomposition. Harmless for the most part, but still highly unpleasant.

5. Nitrate: Soil is the culprit for nitrate water contamination, and while it’s generally not harmful for adults, it can be fatal for infants.

6. Lead: Unlike many other contaminants, this is one you can help prevent in more ways than one. Most lead deposits are caused by rusting pipes which have corroded over time. The solution? Have them replaced by a professional as soon as possible.

7. Chlorine: It’s not uncommon for local municipalities, like ours here in the Northeast Avalon, to use chlorine to disinfect a water supply. Unfortunately, when used in large quantities, chlorine can cause water to smell and taste funny. It can also cause skin and eye irritation.

8. Calcium & Magnesium: We lumped these two together because they are both hard water offenders. An overabundance of these minerals can lead to stiff linens, scale buildup, and water stains, to name a few.

Allow Mr. Rooter Plumbing to Perform a Water Analysis

What’s in your water? Just ask a member of the Mr. Rooter Plumbing team! We’re committed to making sure the water you use every day is safe, all while extending the lifespan of your plumbing system.

For a complete list of water contaminants found country-wide, visit the Government of Canada online.

As a Neighbourly Company, our services are always honest, affordable, and reliable. Contact us to schedule your personalized water analysis today!