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How to Know if Your Water is Contaminated

Contaminated Water

The body is mainly composed of water. That is why water is a necessity to everyday living. Water is one of the most powerful natural sources because it gives power and energy to the body systems so that it can achieve the activities for the whole day.

Other experts say that eating fruits can also help improve the body system. Yes it is true. But what exactly do you do after eating? Drinking water because this fluid intake pushes down the food we digest.

People nowadays are very practical. Some, especially children, are afraid of going to the doctor when they become ill because they are scared of medicines and medical procedures, while there are those who are wary of going to a doctor because they don’t want to end up spending a lot of money. But truth be told, illnesses can somehow be prevented by drinking clean and safe water. 

Dehydration occurs when a person perspires too much and doesn’t replenish the fluids the body needs. Especially during summer season where heat is stingy to the skin and will really make you dehydrated.

Once you experience this situation, you buy bottled waters and sometimes you even refill your water bottle or container in a place where water is much available like water fountains or if you’re an explorer, you usually drink in clean rivers or streams if you run out water in your bag packs. But how sure are you that the water you just sipped to your mouth is clean and safe?

What If?

  • What if the water you just slipped through your mouth contains impurities that will cause harm to your body?
  • What if you get admitted in the hospital without even knowing the reason?
  • What if there is news that someone just died and the reason is by drinking water because it was contaminated and he didn’t even know it?

How to Know if Your Drinking Water is Contaminated

Clean water is not characterized only by clear state, despite being crystal clear; it may still have harmful sediments not visible to the naked eye. In order to know whether you water is clear or not, there are certain things you need to take note of; its taste, smell, and look.

  • Taste: Have you had that awful experience where you gulp into your glass of water only to discover its weird taste? Metallic taste signifies the presence of corrosion from iron, it may also pertain that your water is contaminated with copper, lead, manganese, sodium, and sulfates. If you are having those abrasive and gritty feel into your tongue while drinking, then it simply means that your water has fine sand and grit sediments. Those sharp chemical taste that your tap water has means that there are semi volatile compounds, pesticides, and other chemical byproducts on your water. 

    The unfortunate thing about basing it on taste is that you would believe to have a clean water only to know that it is contaminated when you get a taste of it, and there are even scenarios when these taste factors are not that determinable on certain amounts.
  • Odor: Unlike taste determinants, the odor factor is more determinable; but what do these scents mean. Bleach like odors or chlorinated odor means the presence of chloramines, detergent smells signifies foaming agents, and the musty odor implies the presence of organic matters. There are however more visible odors like the smell of gasoline, rotten egg that means the presence of hydrogen sulfide, and volatile organic compounds represented by sweet pungent smell.

    Odor determinants would most likely save you even before you get those liquids into your body, the downside of this however; some of those smell determinants would need you a good trusty nose. Unlike the smell of gasoline and rotten egg odors, there are those which some might consider “natural” water scent and would disregard the fact that it is contaminated.
  • Visual Determinants: The easiest to spot on is the visual determinants or those that are visibly seen by our naked eyes. Cloudiness of the water implies that there are sand, clay, dirt, and organic material on your water. Milkish in tone signifies the presence of any gassy particles like methane, reddish brown town implies the presence of iron, and yellow water are brought about by tannins from organic soil.

    There are also other visual clues that are not only seen on water but on piping and sinks; blackening and pitting of water fixtures means that manganese and hydrogen sulfide is present on your water, the blue-ish green tone on your sinks implies corrosion from brass and copper.


These determinants shouldn’t be taken for granted, these will save you and your family from harmful diseases. In order to know you water’s quality, you should try examining it using these three determinants; always remember that water might be crystal clear but it doesn’t give warrant that it is clean and suitable for consumption. If you are not sure about your assessment, you could take a sample of your water and send them to water laboratories and get it tested.


After Testing It, What Should You Do?

If you are looking for a filtering system you could carry on camping and travel, the BERKEY LIGHT Water Filter is the best option for you.

It is very portable, not too heavy, does not have too many parts to assemble, but is very effective to the extent of clearing your water 99.9% free of contaminants ranging from bacteria to chemical byproducts.

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