Florida is known for its sunny weather and ocean breezes, making it a top destination for tourists and families. The southernmost state in the continental U.S, Florida is surrounded by vast bodies of water. This is great for surfing, kayaking, scuba diving, water skiing, snorkeling, and other water activities. But with Florida's oceans offering tons of activities, vacationers and residents often don't think about the quality of their drinking water.
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Because 90 percent of Florida's drinking water is provided by aquifers - underground rocks that contain large amounts of freshwater - Florida's tap water is prone to contamination and mineral buildup. Florida's unique geography (i.e. thin soil, high water table, porous limestone and large quantities of rainfall coupled with rapid population growth) makes aquifers more vulnerable to contamination.
It's good to be aware of water quality problems in Florida. Below are some of the most common:
1. SALTY/BITTER TASTE
Florida's water contains high amounts of minerals such as calcium, magnesium, sodium, hydrogen carbonate, and sulfate. These minerals can cause tap water to taste salty or bitter.
2. ROTTEN EGG ODOR
If your tap water has a rotten egg odor, then it is likely caused by the presence of hydrogen sulfide gas. This gas is released from the earth and finds its way into groundwater. A rotten egg smell can also be caused by bacteria growing in your water heater or sewage pollution. Water that contains hydrogen sulfide gas isn't always harmful to drink, depending on the cause, but it can be quite unpleasant. Since hydrogen sulfide is a gas once it is released into the home it will be very corrosive to the metals in your home, like copper and silver. Electrical wiring and air conditioning systems are among the items that can be damaged.
3. IRON AND MANGANESE STAINS
Iron and manganese are metals that can leave brownish rust stains on clothing, appliances, and fixtures. These metals can also cause your water to have a metallic taste. Metallic water can also cause pipe corrosion and lead to rust stains in sinks, bathtubs, toilets, and dishwashers.
4. CHLORINE ODOR/TASTE
Your water may smell or taste like chlorine, which is used to disinfect the water supply. In addition to an unappealing taste and smell, chlorine can also dry out the skin and hair.
5. ACIDIC WATER
Anything below a value of 7 on the pH scale is acidic. If your water has an acidic pH level, then chances are, it's corrosive. This means that the water can corrode or destroy water pipes, which can cause detrimental effects to your plumbing system. While acidic water cannot be detected by odor, color, or taste, it still can be easy to identify throughout the home because; it sometimes leaves bluish-green stains from leaching copper from the plumbing.
6. HARD WATER
Hard water is a common problem in Florida homes and probably the most costly. Excess minerals and metals such as calcium, magnesium, and/or iron can cause hard water. These compounds dissolve from rocks and minerals in the earth. Hard water spots build up on glassware, shower doors, fixtures, clothes, and other items. Hard water prevents soap from lathering, causes dingy, harsh-feeling laundry, and creates a milky film or spots on dishes washed in a dishwasher.
7. MUSTY/EARTHY ODOR
A musty or earthy smell is often caused by algae, mold and bacteria growth. This often comes from your water source and then enters your plumbing system. In addition to causing an unpleasant odor, microorganisms can make your water taste bad.
Turbidity, the degree to which water loses its transparency, is another common problem Florida residents experience. Water with high turbidity contains large amounts of dirt particles or other suspended soils such as dissolved lime rock or silica. This gives drinking water a cloudy or milky appearance.
At Certain Services, Inc., we offer a variety of water treatment solutions to fit your water quality needs, from filters to softeners. Don't hesitate to contact us today for more information.