There are millions of invisible creatures living and thriving in the water your drink. It is called bacteria.
While some bacteria are considered useful and harmless, there are many forms of bad bacteria that cause disease and illness to humans. This is still the case here in Ireland.
Household water systems can significantly degrade over time, older pipes can house bacteria, and your water might have dangerous pathogens. Although Irish Water aims to treat most common bacterias by adding more chemicals to the water supply, this is not always successful. Often we hear of contaminated water with boil notices and do not consume notices.
Bacteria are typically single-celled organisms and are a natural component of water. However, here are seven types of bacteria to be concerned about as you fill up your next glass of water:
1) Escherichia Coli
Escherichia Coli (also known as E. Coli) can cause nausea, vomiting, abdominal pain and diarrhoea if consumed in contaminated water. Symptoms usually appear within one to eight days.
2) Campylobacter Jejuni
Drinking water contaminated with Campylobacter Jejuni can cause infections with symptoms of cramping, diarrhoea, fever, and pain. Symptoms of infection appear between two and ten days after exposure.
3) Hepatitis A
Hepatitis A is a serious infection and can be present in your drinking water. Symptoms include dark urine, jaundice, stomach pain, fever, and fatigue. Hepatitis A has a lengthy incubation period and symptoms might not appear until 28 days after exposure.
4) Giardia Lamblia
Giardia Lamblia is actually a parasite which causes the infection, giardiasis. Symptoms include nausea, cramps, gas, and diarrhoea. The incubation period for giardiasis is usually two weeks.
Salmonella is a common pathogen that causes chills, fever, headache, diarrhoea, and pain. Salmonella contaminates water and food and symptoms occur in one to three days after consuming.
6) Legionella Pneumophila
Legionella pneumophila can cause serious bacterial infections known as Legionnaires disease. Some symptoms of legionnaires infection are fever, shortness of breath, cough, and muscle aches. Legionnaires is very serious and usually involves hospitalization or can even result in death.
Cryptosporidium is actually a protozoan which works similar to a parasite. It causes severe and painful diarrhoea and spreads through contaminated drinking water. Cryptosporidium can occur even in a city with clean water, and testing services are required to determine water quality and if these protozoa are thriving in your drinking water.
Many water softener systems use salt to remove hard water throughout Ireland. Increased levels of sodium are not good as many people need a low sodium diet. The exchange of hardness minerals for sodium adds 7.5 milligrams per quart for each gpg of hardness removed. In addition, beneficial minerals such as calcium and magnesium are eliminated from the homeowner’s diet.
Cleaning your Water Supply
Even though cities and towns put their water through filtration, it doesn’t mean your water is safe from these harmful bacteria. According to the World Health Organization, at least 2 billion people globally drink water contaminated by faeces, and over 500,000 people a year die from related diarrhoea issues.
Please take a look at our range of products that aim to clean the water supply throughout your home. Call our team today to learn more.