Nearly 90% of Floridians utilize the public water system and while the local government has deemed Florida’s public water safe to drink (under normal circumstances), it’s not without its detractors.
We understand that there are few things better than a cup of ice-cold water on a hot Florida day, but if you are accessing your water from a public utility, is it truly safe for you and your family?
The vast majority of the state’s drinking water is supplied by aquifers. Aquifers are essentially large, underground rocks made of porous limestone which contain a large amount of freshwater.
Imagine a giant underground sponge, which allows fresh and saltwater to move freely through its holes. Freshwater generally fills the uppermost part of Florida’s aquifers, while saltwater is typically present at greater depths. Through the use of wells and drilling, this freshwater is then pumped up to the surface and utilized for our consumption.
Historically, the Florida aquifer was one of the most abundant and sustainable sources of water in the US, but over time pressures like agriculture, industry, and urban expansion have put unforeseen pressures on the aquifer that threaten its very future.
As the aquifer is already thin and porous, anything that goes on the ground ultimately seeps into and affects the water below it. Put simply, chemicals used by manufacturers and farmers can easily enter Florida’s water aquifer. The most common offenders are gasoline, pesticides, and other solvents.
The state of Florida has made great strides in recognizing this problem and putting measures in place to address it, but the fact remains that our tap water isn’t perfect.
The US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is responsible for ensuring that our city and municipal water supplies are safe to drink. If you rely on tap water, be sure to keep an eye out for announcements (such as boil water notices) from their office. Additionally, the EPA provides great resources to learn about the conditions in your community.
Next, you should test your drinking water. Testing your water can help you identify problems that may come from contaminants in your drinking water in your area, but it can also help identify problems that may stem from the plumbing in your home or other factors. Some of these issues may be easy to detect (ie. smell, taste, etc.) while others might not. The best bet is to get a complete water test to determine whether or not you need to take additional measures to purify your drinking water.
Lastly, would be to invest in a quality water treatment system. This could be as simple as a water filter on your kitchen tap to a whole house water treatment service. Either way, the investment in softer, purer water could have a long list of benefits, including:
The team at Perry’s Pump Repair is family-owned and operated and has over 30 years of experience. If you are questioning the safety of your tap water, choose a business that is trusted for water treatment in Gainesville and surrounding areas. Give Perry’s a call today for quality and affordable service.