Water Treatment College Park, MD
College Park, Maryland is home to the University of Maryland, thousands of students, and many families. It’s a great town to live in while attending university, and an excellent place to lay down roots as well. Unfortunately, however, the water quality in College Park can be questionable, and water treatment is a wise idea.
Like many Maryland suburbs of the District of Columbia, College Park relies on the Washington Suburban Sanitary Commission (WSSC) for much of its water. While the WSSC works hard to provide clean water to the residents of Maryland, challenges remain.
For example, the WSSC draws its water from the Potomac River and Patuxent River. Both of these rivers have been found to be quite dirty. In fact, swimming is still not recommended in the Potomac. While conditions have been improving, challenges remain.
With the right water treatment, you can ensure that the water coming out of your tap doesn’t contain dangerous water contaminants, such as lead and bacteria.
What Contaminants Could Be Found in My College Park Water?
Drinking water contaminants are now a common and widespread threat. Unfortunately, many different types of contaminants could make their way into your water and could have an adverse effect on the health of you and your family. This is true for College Park and elsewhere across Maryland.
Perhaps the most well-known contaminants are heavy metals. The on-going Flint water crisis was caused when lead leached into Flint’s water supply. Unfortunately, lead is a common contaminant. Old pipes in your home or part of the city’s water delivery infrastructure could contain lead deposits.
Another famous heavy metal is Chromium VI (hexavalent chromium). This metal was the subject of the famous Erin Brockovich legal case and film. In this case, a small California town was exposed to Chromium VI after a local energy company allowed wastewater to seep into the local water supply. Chromium VI has been linked to increased incidents of cancer.
Other heavy metals that could be found in your water include arsenic, cadmium, copper, mercury, and nickel.
Besides heavy metals, dangerous pathogens, including viruses and bacteria, could be found in your water. Outbreaks of Legionnaire’s disease and other water-borne outbreaks appear in the news from time to time. While large outbreaks are rare, contamination is a serious risk.
Fertilizers and pesticides are another major contamination risk, especially in Maryland. Many local farms use fertilizers and pesticides to grow crops. Unfortunately, some of these pesticides and fertilizers can be washed away and end up in your water supply.
PFAS chemicals, or forever chemicals, are yet another contamination risk. PFAS chemicals are found in a variety of products and used in a wide range of industry applications. As a result, PFAS chemicals can make their way into the local water supply and then to your home.
The takeaway from all of this? When it comes to drinking water, there are a lot of risks!
Mitigating Water Contamination Risks at Your College Park Home
So what should you do about contamination risks? Fortunately, there’s a solution: water treatment. You can treat your water with a whole home water filtration system. Some systems, such as Hague WaterMax® BEQ with reverse osmosis are very effective at removing pathogens, heavy metals, and other contaminants.
Best of all, a whole home filtration system will deliver clean water throughout your house, not just to one tap. This means you’ll enjoy clean water from the tap, shower, in the dishwasher, and elsewhere. Contact Hague Quality Water of Maryland today and schedule an appointment to discuss your water treatment options. We can be reached at (410) 757-2992.