Bacteria and Viruses
Numerous U.S. schools were found to be beyond the legal limit for bacteria and viruses in drinking water and while many of these bacteria can often be harmless, some can cause major health issues. The presence of a variety of bacteria and viruses in drinking water is likely caused by sewage interference in the water or a malfunction in the treatment system. Many water filtration systems claim they are able to reduce some of these harmful contaminants but to truly eliminate the problem, water filtration products must use certified ultrafiltration technology which can only be found in a limited array of products. When microbiological contamination exists within a facility's water distribution system, a point of use purifier utilizing ultrafiltration can produce pure, safe water that is superior to bottled or municipal water. A school system can turn an alarming problem into a point of pride in their community.
Lead, Mercury and Other Heavy Metals
Some of the main contaminants uncovered by the investigation were high levels of lead, copper, mercury and other heavy metals. These can cause varying health problems in both adults and children even from short-term exposure. According to the CDC, it is estimated that lead in drinking water contributes between 10 percent and 20 percent of total lead exposure in young children. More often than not when heavy metals are found in drinking water, it is due to corroded pipes and fixtures in all parts of the water delivery system, typically in older buildings. In order to effectively eliminate heavy metals found in drinking water, facilities must look for water filtration products that contain specially treated filters with adsorbent media specially developed for lead reduction. When
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