Many cities take water from lakes and rivers and then filter and clean the water. Afterward, this water is sent throughout the city going into homes, commercial properties and buildings. Even though city water goes through a series of filtering and disinfecting processes to ensure the water is clean enough for drinking and cooking, it is still very common to find microorganisms inside tap water or even our drinking water. Because of these microorganisms found in tap water, it is encouraged that we add a secondary filtration system. AAA Water Team will share more about this microscopic world found in most, if not all tap water,and why you may want to consider adding a total home filtration system to give your tap water additional filtering!
Cryptosporidium Parasite AKA Protozoa
One of the common microorganisms found in tap water is Cryptosporidium, or better known as a Protozoa, which is a single cell organism. Not all microorganisms are a major concern, but too much cryptosporidium can cause stomach cramping and watery diarrhea, especially those who are zinc deprived. Cryptosporidium is similar to a parasite that lays its eggs inside the intestines and inside the fecal matter of their host. Sometimes water can get infected by a pervious host and then contaminates the water which is how cryptosporidium typically spreads. For those who may be wondering if this mean poop has gotten into tap water, the answer is yes, feces that contains the eggs of cryptosporidium is in the city water supply. Although city water is filtered, not all contaminants are removed, which is a good reason why all homes should have a separate water filtration system.
Anabaena Circinalis Bacteria
Another microorganism found in tap water is the Anabaena Circinalis which is a cyanobacterium that lives in fresh water all across the globe. This microorganism resembles a slinky and is thought to be the one of the first multi-cellular organisms to evolve on earth. In the 1950’s an outbreak of anabaena circinalis contaminated water throughout the U.S. and many farm cattle died due to the exposure. Some forms of anabaena circinalis have been found to produce saxitoxins in the fresh water in Australia, which lead to numerous cases of respiratory arrest, some of which resulted in death. Luckily the anabaena circinalis or cyanobacteria are one of the easier microorganisms to filter out of water.
Rotifer Microscopic Animals
Rotifer is another common microorganism that is found everywhere in any water source across the world. Rotifers are found in sea water as well as fresh water and are typically present in drinking or tap water. Rotifers start small but can grow large enough to be seen with the naked eye. Rotifers are not known to be harmful to humans or most animals; however they do serve as a good warning sign of possible problems. If an outbreak or a large population of rotifers occurs, this indicates there is a problem in the filtering systems that can allow other microorganisms to bloom inside city water.
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These are only a few of the microorganisms found in city or fresh water. Adding a home filtration system will reduce the amount of these organisms and help prevent illness and contamination of your tap water. If you want to keep these microorganisms out of your home’s water, contact AAA Water Team. We help install the right water filter system to keep your water clean and free of these microorganisms.