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Common Water Contaminants

Do you know the health effects of common water contaminants? While there are myriad contaminants that can affect your water quality, these are the most common.

Contact Hague Quality Water of Maryland for a water test today to find out what’s in your water. Our systems can remove most contaminants to provide you with the best tasting and healthiest water. Call (410) 757-2992 today.

common water contaminants


Arsenic

Source: erosion of natural deposits, agricultural and industrial runoff
Health Effects: digestion problems, circulatory system problems, cancer

Chloramimes

Source: water additive used to control microbes
Health Effects: eye/nose irritation, stomach discomfort, anemia

Chlorine

Source: water additive used to kill bacteria and microbes
Health Effects: eye/nose irritation, stomach discomfort

Chromium

Source: erosion, industrial runoff, improper waste removal
Health Effects: cancer, fertility, child development delays

Cryptosporidium

Source: human and animal fecal waste
Health Effects: gastrointestinal Illnesses

Iron

Source: erosion and deposits, industrial waste
Health Effects: gastrointestinal Illnesses

Fluoride

Source: water additive that promotes strong teeth
Health Effects: bone disease, mottled teeth in children

Lead

Source: corrosion of household plumbing systems, erosion of natural deposits
Health Effects: delayed child development, kidney problems, high blood pressure

Legionella

Source: found naturally in water; multiplies in heating systems
Health Effects: legionnaire’s Disease, a type of pneumonia

Mercury

Source: erosion of natural deposits; discharge from refineries and factories; runoff from landfills and cropland
Health Effects: kidney damage

Nitrates

Source: runoff from fertilizer use, leaking from septic tanks, sewage, erosion of natural deposits
Health Effects: heart rate and blood pressure, headaches, vomiting, cancer

PFAS

Source: cleaning agents, nonstick cookware, stain-repellent fabrics, and firefighting foams
Health Effects: hormonal disruption, fertility, cholesterol, cancer, child development disruptions

Radium

Source: Groundwater, industrial and nuclear runoff
Health Effects: anemia, cataracts, cancer