Water, the most precious
Commodity on Earth
Getting your water tested is as simple as turning on the faucet to get a drink of water. What are the most common contaminants that can be found in water? There are many, but we will focus mainly on the most obvious contaminants such as cyanide, lead, arsenic, and others.
This can come from landfills, or environmental contamination from industrial activities that eventually find its way to the drinking water.
Lead is another chemical that is a common contaminant that can originate from pipes, environment, or poor removal of chemicals from the original source.
The prevalence of arsenic poisoning can be cause by soil contamination leaching into the ground water system, incomplete removal of harmful chemicals, or arsine which is an inorganic substance from electronic materials contaminating the environment.
4. Ethylene Glycol
A common antifreeze used in the radiators of automobiles, aircraft, etc. that can find its way to contaminate the original source of water supply, underground water source, etc. Consumption of Ethylene Glycol can lead to build-up of oxalic in the kidneys, rendering it faulty in that it is unable to properly filter the blood of efficiently.
This organic chemical compound is also a common compound that is used in windshield wiper fluids. Why is methanol used in fluids; because it has a very low melting point of about 147 oF, an ideal liquid to clean windshield that is resistant to extreme freezing temperatures.