Tuesday, May 15, 2018

Pool water turning hair green

It's a hot weekend. So it has been decided that there will be a pool party for the family. Everyone had an awesome time. However, at the end of the day, their blonde hair has been tinted green. Sensibly, you wonder what happened.
Pool water turning hair green is not uncommon. Swimmers normally suffer from this problem. Most people assume that this is from chlorine in the water. Not a surprising assumption considering pool water is highly chlorinated. However, chlorine is not really the problem. The cause of greening is copper. Okay. I guess we could say that chlorine is partially responsible. Because what causes greening is the oxidation of copper by chlorine.
The oxidized copper then binds unto the strands of the hair. Those with blonde hair, the greening can be quite noticeable.
Water contamination has many signs. Most people know to be wary about unusual color, flavor, and odor of drinking water. But about water not used for drinking?
Just because water is not used for consumption does not mean people should not care what is in it. Some contaminants can harm you even if you don't drink the water. Take radon for example. The radioactive gas is naturally found deposited underground where it can contaminate groundwater. The dissolved radon from the water can escape to the air. Inhalation of radon can cause lung problems.
It is important to know about other signs of contamination as these can tell you what type of contaminant is potentially in the water even before a water analysis is done.

Friday, May 11, 2018

Why regular water analysis is important

Regular analysis is essential to ensure safety and quality of water. It is especially important for those using private wells. The analysis reveals contaminants in the water that can make it unsuitable for consumption and other uses. Annual water analysis is recommended for households and establishments that use private wells as the water source.
Regular analysis is needed since environmental conditions can change which can then affect water quality and safety. Human activities can introduce all new contaminants in the water. Take agriculture for example. Pesticides and fertilizers can seep into the ground to contaminate groundwater or get washed away by streams into rivers, lakes, and other bodies of surface water.
Natural changes like rivers and streams changing course can also bring in new contaminants.  Floods and earthquakes are known to introduce contaminants to surface and groundwater.
So, you might be wondering. How do you go about water analysis?
There are testing kits available that you can use anytime at your convenience. The testing kits are intended to provide a general idea of the quality of water. It won't tell you how much or what specific types of contaminants are in the water. However, the information it does provide is sufficient and important in guiding you to your next step.
If you want to a more precise method of analysis, you can collect a water sample and have it tested by a laboratory. You can call the environmental protection agency or an equivalent government agency and they will refer you to a local testing laboratory.

Water analysis is very important for you and your family's safety. Fortunately, going about it is quite easy.