Disease Proof

Well Water May Be Hazardous to Little Kids

A new report in the journal Pediatrics claims small children are vulnerable to waterborne illnesses originating from well water. Private wells can become contaminated with chemicals, germs and bacteria. Experts recommend well water be tested annually, at least. Currently, private wells are not subject to federal regulations, leaving owners responsible for proper care and safety testing; ScienceDaily reports.

And earlier this year, it was reported that pharmaceuticals, such as cholesterol medications, anti-depressants and blood pressure pills, are turning up in America’s streams and rivers. Bottled water is no better. One study found bottled water is just as impure as water out of the tap.

In 2006, water in Seattle area schools was found to be contaminated with lead. Most of China’s groundwater is polluted and India’s water has shown harmful levels of arsenic. Eek!

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Danielle Dekker - June 1, 2009 10:20 AM

I have a water filter that attaches to my tap. Is this good enough? It's scary to think that your water contains so many pollutants.

Gerry Pugliese - June 1, 2009 11:33 AM

Hey Danielle-

I have no idea about a filter, but I suspect bacteria and viruses might slip past. But then again, I don't know. :)


Sara - June 1, 2009 8:22 PM

Doesn't sound like well water is worse than city water. It does not have drugs.hlorine or floride. Just get it tested sometimes. Oh, and don't use pesticides especially if your well is on your lawn.

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