If you’ve been following the news, you may have learned that algae contaminated the water supply of several cities in Ohio and Michigan. As a result, many people had to scramble to find safe and potable water sources for several days. However, on August 5, 2014, ABC 13 reported that the city had decontaminated its water supply, making the water safe for public consumption once again:
A water ban that had hundreds of thousands of people in Ohio and Michigan scrambling for drinking water has been lifted, Toledo’s mayor announced Monday.
Mayor D. Michael Collins lifted the ban at a Monday morning news conference, and said the city’s drinking water is safe.
Ohio’s fourth-largest city warned residents not to use city water early Saturday after tests at one treatment plant showed readings for microcystin above the standard for consumption, most likely from algae on the lake. Ohio Gov. John Kasich declared a state of emergency.
The situation in Toledo was quite extreme, but it does highlight the fact that contaminants can easily enter public water supplies. In turn, contaminated water can infiltrate your home and pose a health risk to you and your family.
In such cases, the Office of the Mayor makes a public announcement to inform people that the water supply isn’t safe. However, you may not hear this announcement in time and might have already drunk the water from your tap. To avoid troublesome scenarios such as this, you can install robust reverse osmosis water treatment systems under your kitchen sink.
Reverse osmosis (RO) is a water filtration method used by many water treatment facilities. A residential RO system can be fitted right underneath sinks throughout your home. When the tap is opened, water will pass through the filtration system, separating impurities from clean water. RO is useful for filtering out bacteria, viruses, detergents, and chemical components from water.
Water supply contamination can happen at any time and in a variety of ways: rusted water mains, flood water runoff, etc. If you have yet to install an RO system in your home, you can boil the water for a minute. The heat is enough to kill most pathogens; however, this method doesn’t remove any chemical contaminants that may be present.
Fortunately, residential water treatment systems are not difficult to find. Whether you need a tap water RO system or a brackish water reverse osmosis system for a well in your property, established water filtration system manufacturers like AXEON Water Technologies have a wide range of systems to choose from. Don’t be afraid to consult professionals to see what system works best for your home.
(Source: Ohio Water Ban lifted After Algae Contaminated in Water Supply; ABC 13; August 4, 2014)