Bacteria and Viruses in Drinking Water
Having access to tap water that looks, smells and tastes normal isn’t always enough. In fact, the CDC estimates that waterborne illnesses affect 1 in 44 people in the US each year. With this in mind, it’s important to consider your water quality and how to deal with undetectable contaminants like bacteria and viruses in your tap water.
How Do Bacteria and Viruses End Up in Water?
Bacteria- and virus-contaminated drinking water can be the result of many things, including:
- Poor agricultural practices
- Improper water distribution systems
- Floods and polluted stormwater runoff
- Leaking septic tanks
- Animal, plant and insect interference
Health Effects of Bacteria and Viruses
Intestinal inflammation is usually the result of drinking contaminated water, but more serious complications can also occur. Common side effects include fever, diarrhea, vomiting, nausea and stomach pain. Other, more long-term health effects can include nervous or reproductive system complications or even chronic diseases like cancer.
Taking Action with Filters
The right filter can give you the needed protection against undetectable water contaminants for years to come. With the Kinetico K5 Reverse Osmosis Drinking Water Station and its FlexFiltration® customizable cartridge options, up to 98% of all bacteria and viruses can be dealt with on an ongoing basis. This system even supports additional filter options to protect against everything else you want to avoid, like excess minerals, chroloine, chemicals and more.
Keep Your Water Bacteria- and Virus-Free with Kinetico
Kinetico offers custom analysis and solutions to get to the bottom of how bacteria, viruses or anything else is inhibiting your best water experience. To get started, call us at (888) 788-3181 or schedule your free water analysis online.