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If your tap water tastes metallic, smells fishy, or seems hazy, it may contain harmful chemicals. Although having our water professionally tested is the greatest way to know exactly what's in it, there are a few techniques to screen for pollutants using our senses. In this article I will be listing out the several warning signs that your tap water isn't safe to drink.
1. Water Become Cloudy.
Water that is safe to drink should be clear and have no odor or strange flavor. Look for turbidity, or cloudiness, in water to see if it's contaminated.
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While foggy water isn't always harmful to your health, it could indicate the presence of germs or chemicals that are.
2. Check to see whether your hands still feel greasy after washing with soap and water.
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Hard water isn't always an indication that your water supply is tainted. It's caused by an accumulation of calcium or magnesium, which shouldn't be harmful. However, it could be a sign of metals like aluminum, manganese, or lead.
3. if the water is yellow, orange, or brown is never a good signs.
Yellow water could indicate the presence of chromium-6, a carcinogen. It could also indicate an overabundance of iron, manganese, copper, or lead. Water that is orange or brown may also include an excess of iron or rust, which can support the growth of germs.
4. If Copper levels raised in water that is green or blue in color.
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Water that is blue or green is typically a sign of high copper levels caused by damaged pipes. Copper isn't harmful in tiny doses, but large levels of exposure can cause anemia, as well as damage to the liver and kidneys.
5. If your water has a bleachy odor, be cautious of excessive chlorine.
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Chlorine is added to the water supply in the United States to destroy germs and pathogens. If your water smells like bleach, it's a warning that there's too much chlorine in your system. The chemicals can irritate the skin and potentially cause cancer.
6. If your water smells like rotten eggs, hydrogen sulfide may be present.
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Hydrogen sulfide, a colorless gas that can naturally occur in groundwater, could be present in water that smells like sewage or rotten eggs. When this gas comes into contact with certain bacteria, it becomes sulfate, which can lead to dehydration and diarrhea.
7. If the water smells fishy, it could be a Sign of barium or cadmium contamination.
Water that smells fishy might also contain cadmium. Cadmium is a chemical found in lead and copper ores. It can cause kidney, liver, and bone damage if exposed to the levels it's harmful to have.
8. A metallic taste could indicate that there is too much iron or copper
Rusty pipes can leach metals such as iron, manganese, zinc, copper, and lead into local water supplies, imparting a metallic or salty flavor to the drink.
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This nasty tasting served as a warning to Flint residents about the presence of lead in their drinking water, but it's also an indication of a low pH in some circumstances.
According to experts, contaminated drinking water might contain many chemicals. So learn about your water source and study your local utility's water quality reports, before you smell, taste, or see anything wrong.
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