Climate change is a pressing issue facing the entire world, and while some of the impacts, like an increase in global temperature, are well-known, others you might be surprised to learn. Recent studies by numerous scientific bodies and municipalities including the state of Maryland have found that climate change can affect your drinking water in the future. The Chesapeake Bay region is actually ranked as the third most vulnerable area in the country to sea level rise, right behind Louisiana and Southern Florida. What do you need to know?
Climate Change Can Affect Your Drinking Water
Now is the time for consumers and utility providers to prepare for the reality of climate change because it will potentially shape the way that we maintain a safe and adequate supply of water. What are some of the climate change impacts that the state of Maryland projects?
- Increased contamination from waste sites due to increased flooding
- Increased potential for wells to flood
- Increased algal blooms
- Increased runoff and pollutants in source water and potentially drinking water supplies
- High sediment and pathogen loads in water after tropical storms and other weather events
These are only some of the projected impacts of how climate change can affect your drinking water, and some communities will be more vulnerable than others.
Is There a Serious Threat of Increased Contaminants?
Yes, there is an elevated risk of contaminants in drinking water as a result of climate change. In rural areas, water runoff accumulates pesticides, fertilizers and animal waste as it travels to treatment facilities. Cities can also have issues with runoff, and it can be such an extreme problem that pollutants and sewage overflow into recreational and drinking water sources. One of the ways that climate change can affect your drinking water is through the flood and drought cycle. Drought decreases the land’s ability to absorb the same amount of water. Then, when intense storms and hurricanes happen, it can lead to flooding much more rapidly and the problems above.
How Can You Protect Your Family from the Ways That Climate Change Can Affect Your Drinking Water?
The effects of global warming are just starting to be understood, and there are many simple ways that you can both reduce the severity of global warming and also protect your drinking water. First, you should always listen to local, state and federal advisories regarding when recreational bodies of water and other bodies of water are unsafe to be in or consume due to algal blooms and high sediment levels. Additionally, follow instructions about boiling water before use or abstaining from water use when contamination has been detected.
The best way to protect your family from the ways that climate change can affect your drinking water is with in-house water filtration. Through this, you don’t need to worry about your county or state getting it right and properly treating the water. Instead, you will have peace of mind around the clock, regardless of the effects of climate change.
Water Filtration Is the Best Solution
To help protect your family every day, we offer the Hague WaterMax® BEQ system for municipal water treatment and the Hague WaterMax® for well water treatment. These water filtration devices are innovative solutions to instantly improve the quality of your home’s water. The WaterMax® is ideal for homes in Maryland who will be most impacted by the ways that climate change can affect your drinking water, including those in the Chesapeake Bay region. Our team can assist you in testing the current water quality at your home, making adjustments and continuing to do so in the future as the world around us changes.
The WaterMax® system removes dangerous pollutants, sediment and debris from your home’s water supply. Unlike some filtration systems, it not only filters your drinking water, it can filter your home’s entire water supply. Beyond improving your health and wellness, the WaterMax® also eliminates hard water, a common issue for well water, and all of the related side effects. You will spend less money on pipe maintenance and plumbing, get more from soap and your appliances will last longer.
Hague Quality Water of Maryland Protects Your Family from Poor Drinking Water
If your family lives in the Chesapeake Bay region or you are otherwise concerned about your water quality, we are here to help with your water improvement projects. As a new service and in addition to our free on-site water test for new customers, we are now offering a contact-free water test kit for only $200. This testing kit is delivered directly to your home so that you can take samples and mail them to a professional lab. You’ll receive the results directly and our team can work with you to determine the perfect solution for your situation. Whether you need the WaterMax® or additional filtration beyond that, our team cares deeply about the health and safety of your family. To purchase your kit today, click here. For additional assistance, call Hague Quality Water of Maryland at (410) 757-2992.