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What Are the Main Indicators of Poor Water Quality?

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According to water tests done across Canada in 2014, one-third of the results showed higher than acceptable lead levels. A complex system of old pipes throughout much of Canada is to blame for the lead leaching, which is unfortunately difficult to handle.

With news like this, poor water quality indicators are more important than ever to identify a potential hazard properly. Identifying the signs of poor water quality can also alleviate the stress of not knowing.

Let's take a deeper dive into some of the most common water quality indicators, ways to keep your family safe, and how to handle poor water quality.


Indicators of Poor Water Quality

There are plenty of factors that can give you insight into the quality of your water. It may be easier for some than others to identify if something about your water is off. That is why it's important to be familiar with some of the most common signs of poor water quality.


The smell of water is often the easiest sign to identify that something is not right with your water. Smells can be indicators of a whole host of problems- decaying organic materials, leached chemicals, problems with your water tanks, and more.

Sulphur has a distinct, egg-like smell and is very easy to identify in water. The scent of sulphur indicates rotting organic material or leaking sewage somewhere in your pipe system.

Other natural smells, those that seem musty or stale, indicate organic compounds somewhere in your system.

Chlorine is generally used to help disinfect water, but a strong chlorine smell can be indicative of a spill or too much of the disinfectant in your system. Any chemical odour in your water is generally indicative of chemicals leaching into your water system through the ground.


It's hard not to notice a funny taste in your tap water.

Generally, if tap water tastes bad, one of the smells detailed above usually accompanies it. Any tap water that suddenly does not taste right is very likely of poor quality. Stop drinking it right away and seek professional help to test the water quality.


A shallow well is more susceptible to contamination. The appearance of your water can be a very telling indicator of the quality.

Any loose sediment or dirt at the bottom of the glass means that soil is leaching into your well. Soil can contain a host of bacteria and chemicals, so it's best to solve that problem immediately.

Low water pressure is also a sign of trouble, usually clogs or other blockages in your pipes.

Is My Water Quality Good?

Unfortunately, if you are encountering any of these issues, your water quality is likely very poor.

The only way to know for sure, even with indicators of poor water quality, is to have your water tested. A professional team can measure your water quality to ensure you have water that is safe to drink and use.

If you have any doubts about your water quality in the York Region, don't hesitate to contact Hometech Environmental today. Our team is standing by for the safety of your family.



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