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How to tell if you have bad water

Most people do not realize that water can be “bad,” but the truth is, there are often a number of contaminants in it that cause negative side effects, especially in untreated well water.

Depending on the severity of the contamination, your water could also pose a potential health hazard to you and your family. Some of these contaminants include lead, arsenic, chlorine, fluoride and others.

Signs of bad water

How can you tell if your water is contaminated? Here are a number of signs to look for to determine if you have poor water quality.

—Rust or staining in your toilets, sinks and showers;

—Foul smelling water—described as sulfurous or like rotten eggs;

—Bad tasting water—often a stale or salty taste; and,

—Dry, itchy skin—after prolonged contact with water (e.g., after showering or washing your hands).

What to do

The first thing to do if you suspect your water is contaminated is to confirm that your water is bad through a water analysis test. Water Pro in ...

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