The Most Common Contaminants in Tap Water: What You Need to Know

The Most Common Contaminants in Tap Water: What You Need to Know

Everyone wants fresh drinking water, which is why the bottled water industry has skyrocketed in the last 20 years due to its tremendous demand. Sadly, we don’t always trust our own tap water that we are required to pay for.

We should all be so lucky to experience the purity of the H20 coming from the tap. Is that a pipe dream? It shouldn’t be. You should expect your water to be clean enough to cook, drink, bathe, or do laundry.

At S&S Heating and Cooling, we understand this more than you know. We can install a water filtration system in your home and gain trust that your water is as clean and safe as it can be.

We’re here to discuss the most common contaminants in tap water and what you can do to empower your health. Contact us for a free estimate on whole-house or single-faucet installation, and start tasting pure water today!

Where Does Your Tap Water Come From?

Our home tap water comes from either surface water or a groundwater source:

  • Surface water collects in streams, rivers, lakes, and reservoirs.

  • Groundwater is water below the ground, collecting in pores and spaces within rocks and underground aquifers. We get groundwater by drilling wells and pumping it to the surface.

Water travels to your tap from a surface or groundwater source through your local water utility or an individual water system, such as a private well.

All public water systems in the United States are required to follow the standards and regulations set by the (EPA) U. S. Environmental Protection Agency.

Avoid These Tap Water Contaminants

According to, here is a list of common water contaminants and their originating sources that could end up in your tap water.


This potentially harmful element comes from copper pipes or mining, farming, or industrial pollution that end up in our water.


This comes from natural deposits in the earth or industrial and agricultural pollution.


Lead pipes are the most common source. Other sources include brass fixtures, “packer” elements in private wells that are 20 years old or older,


Originates from the use of fertilizers, septic systems, animal feedlots, industrial waste, or food processing waste


Radon forms naturally in groundwater when naturally occurring uranium, radium, and thorium break down. Showering, washing dishes, and doing laundry can disturb the water and release radon gas into the air you breathe.

Take Caution: Prevent Contaminated Tap Water

Certain side effects from continued drinking of contaminated water. These can happen both in the short term and long term.

Side effects include but are not limited to nausea and vomiting, stomach cramps, diarrhea, headaches, decreased production of red and white blood cells, abnormal heart rhythm, damage to blood vessels, and others.

If you’re suspicious your symptoms are related to contaminated water, order a water testing kit online or have a reputable water filtration company provide an assessment and estimate on a water filtration system.

How to Improve Your Tap Water

Cleaner, healthier, and more nutritious water comes through the process of liquid conversion technology, provided by our preference for Pursanova Water Systems.

Instead of simply purifying your water through filters, the Pursanova system runs water through a filtration system and utilizes mineral ores to activate the water molecules, improving their biological and physical properties.

Additional benefits you can expect after installing a Pursanova water filtration system in your home include a healthier immune system, better-tasting coffee and tea, and fresher water for bathing and laundry – even fresher aquariums!

Be Good to Your Health: Contact the Water Filtration Pros

Why put off having a healthier home? You’ll definitely notice the fresher difference with a water filtration system!

S&S Heating and Cooling in Minnesota offers master plumbers who can install a single faucet or whole-home system that immediately improves water quality. We can even do farming systems!

Besides water filtration, our trained experts can also handle all your residential and commercial HVAC, plumbing, and boiler repairs.

Be sure to call us today at 507-796-6391 or fill out a free estimate form.