Sarasota County recently released its annual Drinking Water Quality Report, which reveals the local government’s assessment of, in part, the contaminants found in the “raw water” sources for the county’s drinking water. Sarasota sources its water from a variety of rivers, reservoirs, springs and wells in the area, and prior to being treated by the county, the Sarasota’s water contains microbes, metals (including lead), pesticides, chemical and radioactive contaminants.
Sarasota’s primary source for drinking water is the Peace River and Florida Aquifer wells, which supply nearly a third of the county’s water, and the Manatee River, which supplies another 23 percent. This water is treated through aeration, flocculation, coagulation, filtration and disinfection.
While we sometimes discuss water and water purification in terms of flavor or appliance maintenance, health is, of course, a big part of what we do here at Healthy Water Systems. Public utilities services are responsible for treating your tapwater so that it meets federal EPA regulations for Maximum Contaminant Levels (MCL), which assume that a person could daily drink two liters of water for a lifetime and only have a one-in-a-million chance of a health problem from any given contaminant.
Still, some people are more vulnerable than others. Children and the elderly, as well as other people with compromised immune systems—either from illness or chemotherapy or other medical treatments—may still be at risk of infections. Especially in these circumstances, water that’s been treated by an on-site filtration system is a healthier way to go.
Take, for instance, lead, a substance that can cause a number of serious health problems, especially in children and pregnant women. From the report: “Lead in drinking water is primarily from materials and components associated with service lines and home plumbing. Sarasota County Public Utilities is responsible for providing high quality drinking water, but cannot control the variety of materials used in plumbing components.”
In addition to removing those contaminants that are allowed by the EPA because they don’t officially surpass MCL, Health Water Systems’ products can mitigate the levels of harmful contaminants deposited into your water even after the treatment process.
See the complete report on the Sarasota County government’s website here.