Ensuring safe, drinkable water is a key part of any business. Whether you’re in health care, personal care, or the food industry, it’s imperative that your water is free from contamination. Bell Chem, a water treatment chemical supplier, goes through the six signs that your water may be contaminated.
The “swimming pool smell” associated with chlorine is a clear indication you need a filtration system for your water. For the food industry, your baked goods’ appearance can indicate an excess of chlorine. Chlorine kills yeast, so breads and other baked goods containing yeast will not rise if chlorine is present in high amounts.
Escherichia Coli (E. Coli)
Widespread illness due to this bacteria in Walkerton, Ontario in 2000 was due to surface water containing coliform bacteria seeping into well water. More than 2,000 cases of illness were reported. E. coli has no odor, taste, or visible change in water appearance. A water quality report from a water treatment plant will show if your water is contaminated.
Water that appears cloudy or foamy may have a high mineral content or turbulent water. Minerals may be present in the water if the cloudiness settles after sitting a while. If the water remains cloudy, bacteria or methane gas may be contaminating the water. Methane is flammable and can possibly cause asphyxiation.
Oil or Gas
A strong odor of gas can indicate your water is contaminated with a semi-volatile compound such as gasoline.
Scale and Sediment
If your normally high pressure suddenly decreases, you may have a buildup of scale or sediment along the inside of your pipes. Corrosion allows scales to adhere, which build up over time and diminish the diameter of the pipes. Consider purchasing new pipes for your business.
Smelling “rotten eggs” when you turn on the faucet points to sulfur. Although it smells, it is generally regarded as non-harmful.
Bell Chem is a water treatment chemical supplier based in Longwood, FL (just north of Orlando). With hundreds of products stocked in our 50,000+ square-foot warehouse, you can expect the highest quality products, expedited shipping options for maximum efficiency, and unrivaled personalized customer service. Let our knowledgeable and friendly customer service representatives and accounting staff personalize all your needs by either calling 407-339-BELL (2355) or by sending us a message.