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How to check the safety of your Home Drinking Water

Have you ever taken the time to consider how safe your water is to drink? Sure, it may look clear enough and taste fine, but this does not necessarily mean that it is pure. Hundreds of chemicals and bacteria can dissolve in water and can be naked to the eye. 

On the other hand, some contaminants are noticeable since they affect watercolour, quality, and taste. You can employ plenty of methods to detect if your water is safe to drink, ranging from colour, taste, and water tests. Below is a brief outline of some of the methods you can use to detect contaminated water. If you do notice any problems or suspect your water may be contaminated it’s important to contact Irish Water immediately. 

  1. Check for Cloudiness– This is one of the easiest tests for water purity. Pure water should be clear and odourless. If you notice cloudiness even after settling, then your water is most likely contaminated. Cloudy water isn’t necessarily harmful to your health. Nevertheless, it still downgrades its quality.
  2. Pure Water should be colourless– This is another straightforward water purity test. Once you pour water into a glass and notice anything other than colourless, refrain from drinking it. It is likely contaminated with chemicals. For instance, yellow water is a sign of contamination by chromium 6, a carcinogenic substance. When you notice such problems, contact Irish water immediately. This will go a long way in saving other people from these contaminants. 
  3. Excess Chlorine– Most water agencies add chlorine to their water supply as a protective measure from pathogens. However, we all know that man is prone to error, and in some instances, the chlorine added may be in excess. In such scenarios, the chemical may be dangerous, especially when it mixes with other substances. A bleach-like odour can detect it. 
  4. A metallic taste may indicate rusting or corroded pipes– The pipes used to transport your water may rust or corrode over time, which introduces dangerous metals to the water your drink at home. Luckily, it is relatively easy to detect such substances through an unusual taste. 
  5. Water Tests– Finally, you may fail to notice any of the substances above in your water. This does not mean that it is safe to drink. Numerous chemicals dissolve in water without a trace. The water may be clear and tasteless but harbours hundreds of fatal substances. It is advisable to get a water testing kit for your home. The process is relatively easy to master and gets results in an instant. One of the most effective methods is the TDS test. In full, TDS stands for Total Dissolved Solids. 

Prevention or reaction?

Constantly testing or worrying about your drinking water is time-consuming and stressful, the best solution is prevention rather than reaction. With the products supplied by Limescale Prevention Company, you can eradicate most major water contaminants from your water supply before they reach your home. Expertly craft UV sterilizers and limescale eradication devices save you money and health difficulties in the future.

Thankfully, Ireland’s water supplies whether private or public are some of the safest in Europe, however, there is always the possibility of contamination and harmful bacteria gaining access to our water.

Home water solutions provide filtration systems that can be installed in pre-existing water systems. They require no heavy building or construction work and can operate almost immediately upon installation.

Providing your home with a constant, safe, and freshwater supply.

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7 Harmful Bacteria Found in Drinking Water

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.

At Limescale Prevention Company, we aim to educate and solve this problem for homeowners across Ireland. We advise the use of filters and UV sterilizers to ensure healthy consumption of drinking water.  

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.

5) Salmonella

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.

7) Cryptosporidium

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.