Man made contaminants

Man Made Contaminants

Pharmaceuticals

 

Pharmaceuticals – Personal Care Products & Improperly disposed medication 

 

Harmful Effects

 

  • Harmful to aquatic life
  • Low harm impact on human health

 

Treatment Options

 

 

https://www.wqa.org/Portals/0/Technical/Technical%20Fact%20Sheets/2014_Ps-PCPs-EDCs.pdf

 

PFAS

 

PFAS – Perfluoroalkyl substances – synthetic chemicals that can dissolve in water (found in a variety of products like non-stick pans, clothing, and carpets)

 

Harmful Effects

 

  • Birth defects
  • Affect the immune system
  • Increase cholesterol levels
  • Increase the risk of cancer

 

Treatment Options

 

 

(Boiling water does not always make water safer, for it can actually increase the concentration of toxins like PFAS)

 

 

Perchlorate

 

Perchlorate – Inorganic chemical used in the manufacturing of fireworks, explosives & rocket propellants. Low levels may naturally occur as well.

 

Harmful Effects

 

  • Inhibits the absorption of iodine by thyroid glands
  • Leading to developmental & learning disabilities in children
  • Interferes with the thyroid’s ability to produce hormones

 

Treatment Options

 

 

https://www.wqa.org/Portals/0/Technical/Technical%20Fact%20Sheets/2016_Perchlorate.pdf

 

 

Cadmium

 

Cadmium – Corrosion of galvanized pipes, natural deposits erosion & batteries & paints runoff

 

Harmful Effects

 

Short Term –

  • Nausea & Vomiting
  • Diarrhea
  • Muscle cramp
  • Sensory disturbances
  • Liver injury
  • Convulsions
  • Shock
  • Renal failure

Long Term –

  • Kidney, Liver, Bone & Blood damage

 

Treatment Options

 

 

https://www.wqa.org/Portals/0/Technical/Technical%20Fact%20Sheets/2015_Cadmium.pdf

 

Pesticides

 

Pesticides – substance used for destroying insects or other organisms harmful to cultivated plants or to animals – applications onto crop fields, seepage of contaminated surface water, accidental spills and leaks, improper disposal, and even through injection waste material into wells

 

Harmful Effects

 

  • Potential chronic health problems 
  • Diarrhea
  • Nasua & Vomiting
  • Blurred Vision
  • Abdominal Pain
  • Increase Salivation
  • Mild Irritation to eyes, skin & upper respiratory tract
  • Headache & Dizziness
     

Treatment Options

 

 

 

Nitrites/Nitrates

 

Nitrites/Nitrates – human sewage & livestock manure, fertilizers, erosion of natural deposits

 

Harmful Effects

 

  • Methemoglobinemia (blue baby syndrome)
  • Most potential health effects are seen in infants under the age of 6 months

 

Treatment Options

 

https://www.wqa.org/Portals/0/Technical/Technical%20Fact%20Sheets/2014_NitrateNitrite.pdf

 

 

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