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How Poor Water Quality Can Affect You

How Poor Water Quality Can Affect You

Poor water quality impacts every aspect of our lives. The world relies on clean water to thrive, but low-quality water can have a serious effect on your health and everyday life. If you’re not sure of the impact poor water quality can have on you and your family, we have just the article for you!

Mild Effects of Poor Water Quality:

Dry Skin and Irritation:

With poor water quality comes what you may know as “hard water”. Hard water contains minerals that can leave a build-up of soap residue. This, in turn, can clog pores which can lead to acne or even eczema. Hard water can also leave your skin feeling dry, as it strips away the natural moisture from the skin.

Digestive Issues:

The presence of e. Coli or salmonella bacteria in the water you ingest can give you flu-like symptoms that include stomach cramps, diarrhea, or vomiting. These two bacteria were among the top 10 most common outbreaks in the U.S. water system. In most cases, the symptoms of these outbreaks go away on their own

Dry Hair:

Just like dry skin, poor water quality can cause some damage to your hair as well. The buildup of excess minerals can weigh your hair down, making it look flat and lifeless. This can also make your strands feel drier and more brittle, which can lead to hair damage. Hard water is also notorious for interfering with hair color, causing it to become dull, faded, and in some cases, even discolored.


Severe Effects of Poor Water Quality:

Bacterial Disease

Water-borne bacterial diseases thrive in poor quality water because bacteria grow best in polluted, stagnant water. Bacterial disease from poor water quality can cause vomiting, diarrhea, fever, and abdominal pain. Cholera is one of the most well-known water-borne bacterial diseases.

Viral disease

Viral disease due to poor water quality is also possible. These diseases include hepatitis, gastroenteritis, poliomyelitis, and even some forms of cancer. Viruses in water occur when human and animal waste enters the rivers, lakes, and oceans. Some water-borne viruses have vaccines to prevent infection, but others don’t have preventative medication yet.

Parasitic disease

Parasitic diseases are also found in waste contaminated water. Many parasitic diseases cause problems with the digestive system and lead to excessive vomiting and diarrhea. These diseases can spread through both consumption and recreational use like swimming and boating.

Reproductive issues

Certain water contaminants impact the reproductive system in particular. Both men and women experience the negative repercussions of low-quality water on their reproductive systems. However, in each circumstance infants have lower birth weights and are often premature.


Poor water quality causes many problems, both mild and severe. On top of that,  filtered water simply tastes better! Enjoy fresh, clean water every day in your home with our water filtration system. To install your new system, call our MSP team at (651) 346-0234 – we will keep your home MINNESOTA TOUGH!

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