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Issues of Water Care: Turbidity in Drinking Water

Issues of Water Care: Turbidity in Drinking Water

Turbidity is a water quality term that refers to the cloudy appearance of water, caused by particles or “suspended matter”.

Issues of Water Care: The “Ins and Outs” of Mechanical Filtration

Issues of Water Care: The “Ins and Outs” of Mechanical Filtration

All tap water contains unwanted particles and sediment that we’d rather not consume.  Whether at home or in a restaurant, water from the tap always contains millions of particles, such as dirt and rust.  Sometimes water even contains harmful particles, such as protozoan cysts, that can cause flu-like illnesses.

Issues of Water Care: The Facts about Lead in Drinking Water

Issues of Water Care: The Facts about Lead in Drinking Water

The presence of lead in drinking water is more prevalent and serious than many people realize.  Despite common perceptions, lead is not restricted to inner-city communities, but rather is a problem that affects many water systems across the country.  
Issues of Water Care: Taste, Odour and Colour in Drinking Water

Issues of Water Care: Taste, Odour and Colour in Drinking Water

Off-tastes and odours are common water quality problems across the country.  They are caused by a variety of factors, the most common of which is chlorine.  Keep in mind that tastes and odours will vary from tap to tap and are influenced by personal likes and dislikes.

Issues of Water Care: Scale Control for Drinking Water

Issues of Water Care: Scale Control for Drinking Water

Scale is solid material that builds up on the surfaces of water-using kitchen equipment such as coffee makers, ice makers, dishwashers and instant hot taps. 

Issues of Water Care - Asbestos in Drinking Water

Issues of Water Care - Asbestos in Drinking Water

Nearly everyone is aware of the health hazards of inhaling asbestos fibres from ceiling tiles and insulation.  But asbestos found in drinking water also can be hazardous to your health.

Issues of Water Care - Chloramines & Your Water

Issues of Water Care - Chloramines & Your Water

Chloramines are secondary disinfectants that are added to the water supplies of some municipalities in Canada to provide longer disinfection in the distribution piping than chlorine.
Issues of Water Care - Chlorine Use by Municipal Water Systems

Issues of Water Care - Chlorine Use by Municipal Water Systems

Chlorine is widely used by municipal water systems to disinfect water from bacteria, viruses and other microorganisms that cause diseases.
Issues of Water Care - Heavy Metals in Drinking Water

Issues of Water Care - Heavy Metals in Drinking Water

Heavy metals in water refer to heavy, dense, metallic elements that occur in trace levels, but are very toxic and tend to accumulate.

Issues of Water Care - Nitrates in Drinking Water

Issues of Water Care - Nitrates in Drinking Water

Nitrates (NO3-) and nitrites (NO2-) are chemical compounds that consist of nitrogen and oxygen. These compounds readily dissolve in water and have no taste or odour.
Issues of Water Care - Particles in Drinking Water

Issues of Water Care - Particles in Drinking Water

Although water may appear to be clear, it always contains many microscopic particles, some of which can make water taste funny and even be dangerous to your health.  There are many types of particles, and the tiniest sub-micron sized particles may number in the millions per milliliter of water.

Issues of Water Care - Preventing Cryptosporidiosis

Issues of Water Care - Preventing Cryptosporidiosis

Cryptosporidium (pronounced krip-toe-spo-rid-ee-um) is a parasite that can live in the intestines of humans, farm animals, wild animals, and household pets.