Texas, known affectionately as the ‘Lonestar State’ is a leader when it comes to barbeque food, live music and friendly cities - but it also leads the Nation with some of the worst public tap water available.
Texas’s small towns and rural communities have the worst and most polluted drinking water infrastructure in the state, and that’s because these locations often lack the resources to make things better. But, make no doubt, the entire state of Texas suffers from subpar drinking water.
Top pollutants in Texas include arsenic, lead and radiation. These highly-toxic impurities and carcinogens are partially caused by an aging infrastructure, where old pipes leak contaminants into the water, but, in Texas, aging pipes aren’t the only cause for concern. Half-a-million Texans live near areas plagued by groundwater contamination. In fact, an analysis recently done by an environmental group found that all of the Texas power plants the group studied were responsible for producing toxic coal ash pollutants, which leak arsenic, cobalt, lithium and other dangerous contaminants, into surrounding groundwater supplies. Let’s repeat that daunting statistic: it’s estimated that 100% of Texas’s power plants are leaking deadly toxins into the state’s groundwater supply.
Even scarier, Texas has been found to have the most radiated water in the United States, affecting some 22-million residents statewide, according to a 2018 environmental report. Radioactive water is unsafe to drink - and some parts of Texas are well above the EPA’s legal limit for water containing radium, a known carcinogen and naturally occurring radioactive metal. This type of impurity in drinking water is connected with certain types of cancer and other illnesses.
Worse yet, water quality in Texas has not improved - and environmental groups say the situation is getting even worse. For Texans, and for people all across the country, investing in a quality water filtration device allows you to give your family clean, quality drinking water, regardless of where you live and what your state does or doesn’t do to help the situation. With an at-home water filtration system, you’re taking the power back into your own hands. Further down we’ll talk more about water filtration and how a water filtration system can provide your family with cleaner, healthier water, but first, let’s talk about how Texas’s water supply became so bad in the first place.
How did this happen?
There are a few different factors that combine to create the perfect storm that makes a state’s water quality substandard.
- Deteriorating infrastructure - The first reason deals with the infrastructure of the municipality supplying the water. In a perfect situation, public water pipes would remain in tip-top condition but in the real world, they don’t. Here’s a common example seen in deteriorating pipes: If a water pipe becomes old and starts to leak it can create a vacuum-like situation pulling untreated water in with treated water. When you turn on your faucet, your water would be both treated and untreated.
- Deteriorating infrastructure (part 2) - Another problem with old pipes is that they can seep copper, lead and additional heavy metal impurities - inviting a dangerous and unhealthy cocktail of contaminants into your drinking cup.
- Hazardous runoff - Hazardous tap water is also caused by runoff from farms and manufacturing plants, like car-making plants and coal mining plants. Runoff seeps into our water bodies and then gets into our water supply.
- Adding chlorine - Municipalities often add chlorine to the water supply in order to improve the taste or smell of the water; but it’s not safe.
How can I find out if my home has bad tap water in Texas?
Ask your provider.
The first thing you should do is call or email your local water provider and ask them to give you a copy of the most up-to-date water quality report they have. This report will detail the exact tests done to the water in your area with the dates the tests were performed and the results of the tests. The test results will give you insight into what contaminants may have been detected in your water. After that you can decide to have further testing done or you could move forward satisfied with what the report says - either way now you have information about the likely contaminants in your water.
Send samples for testing.
The most thorough testing will occur when you send out a sample of your tap water - this will also give you the most accurate results. You should always send your sample to a certified water-testing lab because they hire experts who will know what to look for. As an example: some chemical contaminants are hard-to-detect and can be overlooked by novice testers. Professional water labs will check for bacteria, chlorine, lead and pesticides as well as any specific contaminants you request.
Test your water at home.
You can also do it yourself and if that’s something you enjoy, there are water testing kits that can be purchased to make that happen. Professional lab testing is the most accurate and thorough way to test water - but with that said, at-home water testing kits can provide you with crucial information on your drinking water.
You can buy a kit online or in your local hardware store. The test strip kit will give you instructions on how to perform a test at home. Here’s an important tip: when testing your water at home, yourself, do it twice. Testing your water two times will ensure that your results are accurate. If you find that impurities are present, consider investing in a good water filtration device. A good water filtration system will help you to eliminate many contaminants and bring your drinking water to its most healthy and pure state. Finding a good, reliable water filtration system may be a daunting task - so let’s talk about the best system available to you.
Invest in The Water Machine.
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