The Hazardous Effect of Waste on Water Quality

It might be appalling to even consider, but human and animal waste products routinely turn up in drinking water all across America, be they public drinking water supplies or private well water. Pipes can leak, aging sewage systems can be compromised, sewers can overflow, and floodwaters can be infected with waste and overwhelm sources of public drinking water. And runoff containing agricultural waste can enter your well through cracks or other breaches. Often, you will have no warning that your drinking water has been infected by waste, either.

Waste often carries with it bacteria and other forms of microbes from the small and large intestines of animals and human beings, and these microscopic organisms can cause short and long-term illnesses and disease upon consumption. Vomiting, diarrhea, nausea, cramps, bloating, stomach pains, and even loss of weight and long-term loss of appetite are just some of the problems that can be caused by drinking liquid containing waste products. These sicknesses, if left untreated for too long, can even be life-threatening in some instances. And many of the contaminating microbes are so small-one or two microns in length, in some cases-that they can pass through municipal filtering systems, leaving home water filters as your last line of defense. In many cases, home water filters are the only means of ensuring that the water you are drinking is free of waste and won’t make you sick by the end of the day. There is many more diseases may come due to this unsafe drinking water.