As an American, you may feel that the water from your tap is safe. After all, there are government regulations that control the chemical content of your water. Nevertheless, according to an article in the New York Times, researchers estimate that about one out of 10 U.S. citizens have been exposed to drinking water that would be considered unsafe by federal health standards or that contains dangerous chemicals. A water filtration system can help filter out contaminants that may be in your drinking water. Here are a few signs that you may need a filtration system for your tap water:


If you are noticing frequent rashes on your body, your tap water could be the culprit. One West Virginia resident began noticing scabs on the extremities and chest of her young son. The scars were the result of rashes that were caused by his polluted bath water. The water contained nickel, lead and other contaminants that irritated his skin.

Dental Problems

If your water has high levels of contaminants, such as heavy metals, you or your loved ones may suffer from dental problems. The presence of contaminants in the water can eat away at your tooth enamel and make your teeth more susceptible to decay.

You Live in a Farming State

In states, such as Kansas and Missouri, that produce large amounts of farm products, pesticides are sometimes found in the drinking water at levels that some researchers have associated with infertility and birth defects.

Water Reports Indicate Contaminants

The Environmental Protection Agency is responsible for regulating most of the drinking water in the U.S., and the agency mandates that all community water systems publish an annual water report. You can obtain this report by contacting the water system for your community. 

Corroded Pipes

If your pipes are coated with large amounts of deposits, this could be an indication of contaminants in your water supply. Buildup may be more prevalent if you have metal pipes, since contaminants in the water may interact with the metal of the pipes. 

Research indicates that over 19 million Americans become sick each year by consuming water that has been contaminated by microbes or parasites. Still, that number omits the people who are harmed by chemicals in water. Contaminated tap water can cause many different ailments. If you are concerned about the quality of your drinking water, contact a water filtration system specialist today, such as Valley Pump Inc, to have it tested for contaminants.