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What is the Safe Drinking Water Act?

You may be wondering if there are laws in place to protect your drinking water against contaminants. Currently, the EPA (Environmental Protection Agency) regulates water supply standards across the nation. However, on a federal level the Safe Drinking Water Act (SDWA) provides a baseline for state water programs. While this act certainly aims to standardize
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How Does Road Salt Use in the Winter Affect Your Water?

Road salt is viewed as essential, especially during severe winter weather conditions. White lines are common along roads when there is heavy snow, and you have probably noticed them before. Salting methods make us feel fortified against icy conditions, which can cause dangerous traffic accidents. However, while road salt makes roads less slick, too much
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Is City Water Safer Than Well Water?

Whether you are preparing to purchase a home or just curious about the differences in water quality where you live, you’ve probably encountered the belief that city water is safer than well water. At Hague Quality Water of Maryland, we offer water testing to homeowners and renters with both municipal, or city water, and well
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Emerging Well Water Contaminants You Should Know About

Private well owners have the freedom of having their own water supply present on their property, as well as the ability to avoid the chemicals and contaminants that are sometimes introduced into water during the water treatment process. However, there are still potential risks. Some contaminants are more likely to occur in private wells, and
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The Dangers of Nitrates in Your Well

Many consumers have heard the word nitrates discussed around food that we consume, but they can also be present in your drinking water. Consuming nitrates can be hazardous to your health, and because they are odorless, colorless and flavorless, they could be in your water without you ever realizing it. It’s important that every homeowner
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The Dangers of Microorganisms in Your Well

Every homeowner that relies on water from a private well needs to understand exactly what they might be drinking. Unfortunately, many private wells can have issues with microorganisms and other contaminants that lead to serious health problems because they do not receive the same level of testing and upkeep as municipal water supplies. Because you
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What Is Radium and How Can You Protect Your Well Water From It?

Many different compounds can be found in well water throughout the state of Maryland, and some of them are quite hazardous to human health. In 1998, Anne Arundel County set out to determine what level of water quality private wells throughout the area contained, and they found that 15 of the 22 wells sampled contained
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Maryland’s Guidelines to Arsenic Treatment in Private Wells

Arsenic is a naturally occurring substance that can be found all around us in the air, water, soil, food and rocks. It can be found in many private wells due to minerals dissolving from rocks and soil over time and entering the groundwater supply. If you have a private well in Maryland, it’s important to
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The Negative Impact of PPCPs in Drinking Water

The Negative Impact of PPCPs in Drinking Water As a homeowner, you want to only provide your family with water that is clean, healthy and safe to consume. Despite water treatment centers, there can still be contaminants that you encounter through private well water or contaminants picked up on the way from the facility to
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What Is Hexavalent Chromium and Is It Safe?

Elevated levels of hexavalent chromium (Cr-6) can sometimes be found in drinking water, but what does that mean? Like other contaminants, the amount of Cr-6 found in water and how much of it you have consumed make the biggest difference in whether or not it is safe. Here is what you need to know about
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