Copper in Drinking Water
January 14, 2021
Copper is a naturally occurring mineral and is deemed essential for proper health functions. Too much exposure to copper however can lead to poisoning and other serious ailments. But many homeowners do not know the root cause or solution to copper exposure.
How does copper get into my water?
The leading cause of elevated copper levels in your water stems from copper piping in your home. Untreated water, typically in the form of acidic water, over time corrodes your pipes from the inside. This corrosion causes a leaching of copper into your water. Groundwater can also experience higher levels of copper from nearby mining, manufacturing, or farming contamination. When your copper levels are elevated, you will notice blue or green staining in your sinks and bathtubs as well as a metallic or bitter taste to your water.
What are the effects of high copper?
Effects on the human body from elevated copper exposure vary from person to person depending on the levels they are exposed to
- Gastrointestinal distress
- Liver damage or failure
- Kidney disease
- Mood changes
- Brain and heart damage
- Birth defects
How can I protect myself?
The first step in protecting yourself is to conduct a water sample test to identify water quality and find out precisely how much copper is in your water. From there, you will be able to assess the root cause of your copper levels as well as any other issues from your water. In most homes, a whole home water filtration system, such as an acid neutralizer will be recommended. These systems work to protect you and your home (pipes, appliances, fixtures) by balancing your waters pH. This system stops the corrosion of your copper pipes and will work to eliminate other contaminants as they enter your home.
A second treatment option is to install a reverse osmosis system for drinking water in your kitchen. This will supply you with an endless supply of safe, refreshing, great tasting water on demand that will be free of copper and other contaminants.