importance of water

The importance of water cannot be understated. In New England and across the country, we take the importance of water for granted.

In fact, the US Centers for Disease Control (CDC) released two new reports on water-associated disease outbreaks. The study analyzed infectious pathogens, chemicals or toxins resulting from drinking water outbreaks. Additionally, the report concludes:

These outbreaks led to at least 1,006 cases of illness, 124 hospitalizations and 13 deaths across Alaska, Arizona, Florida, Idaho, Indiana, Kansas, Maryland, Michigan, Montana, New York, North Carolina, Ohio, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, Tennessee, Virginia, West Virginia and Wisconsin.
Furthermore, the CC report notes the bacteria causes legionellosis, which is a less severe version of Legionnaire’s disease. The bacteria caused about 50% of the outbreaks and 88% of the hospitalizations, along with all 13 deaths. For reference, symptoms includes cough, shortness of breath, fever, along with muscle aches and headaches.
Wilma Subra, president of an environmental consulting firm, provides more details on the legionella bacteria.
Legionella bacteria are present in the environment and enter drinking water through various activities, including floods. Though water systems frequently chlorinate before they distribute, in some cases, the level of chlorination isn’t sufficient to make it all the way to the end of this distribution system. So if these bacteria are in there and don’t get properly treated before they leave the plant…then the bacteria grows again and causes the people in the farthest regions of the distribution system to become contaminated and to become ill.
We rely on water flowing freely to our homes for drinking, bathing and cleaning. We expect clean and safe water to flow from the tap everyday. For example, the EWG empowers people to live healthier lives in a healthier environment. Additionally, the non-profit provides a rundown of contaminants found in local everyday drinking water.

The Importance of Water in Our Communities

Why does the importance of water matter?

Although improvements in drinking water remain one of the most important public health achievements of the 20h century, investments in upgrading and maintaining water treatment and distribution systems require additional investments. For example, public infrastructure continues to age and many communities lack the public funding to repair and replace water infrastructure. As Ms. Subra noted:

“Citizens can become educated and empowered in order to bring these issues to the forefront — to their elected official, to the regulatory agencies. It’s really up to the citizens to be able to identify what’s going on with their drinking water source. Whether it be surface water or groundwater, it has a lot of contaminants that historically have not been monitored for…In recent years, we have become more knowledgeable about new chemical contaminants. Those materials were missed, and it was degrading our water quality and not being accounted for. And then of course you have the potential for all the bacterial contamination. Historically, water systems would test for bacteria from leaks at sewage plants and septic tanks, but they weren’t looking for all the other things. So you have chemical contamination and bacterial contamination that you weren’t looking out for historically that are also now contaminating the water and causing severe health impacts to the community.”
Though environmental scientists figured these issues were happening, no testing exists for verification. Plus, no requirements remain at the federal or state level that tests water systems. Furthermore, access to clean water improves our lives and the lives of our children.

How Proper Water Treatment Improves Quality

The importance of water is clear. Fortunately, proper water treatment enable families and communities to improve their water quality.

If water carries bacteria or other contaminates, homeowners should test their water. However, many people that rely on well water do not have the resources to pay for testing.

As a result, SolvIt offers a free in-home water analysis and proposal. The proposal provides options to create a custom water treatment solution that’s right for you. We provide our water quality solutions to our local service areas. For more, learn about the basics of water treatment.

What is water treatment?

Water treatment improves quality by disinfecting and purifying untreated ground and surface water.

Why is water treatment needed?

Every community provides a public or private water treatment facility. These facilities make water potable (safe to drink) and palatable (pleasant to taste). Water facilities ensure every community has enough water to meet their needs. For example, households with iron in their water receive an orangey-red-brown slimy sediment. Obviously, this is a clear sign that something is wrong. Plus, a lot of these bacteria and chemicals are colorless and odorless. As a result, homeowners remain unaware of their home water quality issues until consumption and possible illness.

importance of water quality in community

Raw and untreated water requires purification. Typically, local communities obtain raw water from an underground aquifer. These sources are wells, lakes, rivers or reservoirs. The treatment facility pre-treats the water to remove debris. Next, the processing takes the water through a series of steps that remove microorganisms. Upon completion, the water flows into your community.

What if my water still needs purification?

Water is part of nature. If there are environmental concerns in your region, you may need additional filtering or purification. Additionally, if your home has hard water, then you may need a water quality solution.

Water filters provide additional purification to remove contaminants from your home water. Point-of-use filters are applied at the point of consumption (i.e., to faucets and sinks). Point-of-entry filters are applied to the entire home. These filters act as a comprehensive water purification system.

How can SolvIt help?

For over 80 years, SolvIt Home Services has helped Connecticut homeowners with their water issues. Since 1925, EcoWater Systems solves water problems with unique, innovative product solutions. EcoWater Systems is one of the world’s largest manufacturers of residential water treatment systems. We are proud to be Connecticut’s premiere EcoWater Dealer. SolvIt works with Costco as the only authorized installer of EcoWater Systems in Connecticut.

As a free service to our neighbors, we are offering a no cost and no obligation water analysis.

The water analysis provides you with the facts about your home so you can make the appropriate water treatment solutions.

Give us a call now at(860) 414-8671 to schedule your free water evaluation.