Bacteria, Viruses and Cysts
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, there could be as many as 12 million cases of waterborne acute gastrointestinal illness annually in the United States alone. These illnesses are frequently caused by bacteria, viruses and protozoa that make their way into the water supply.
The 1993 Cryptosporidium outbreak here in Milwaukee caused 400,000 to fall ill and over 100 deaths. Milwaukee’s defense at the time? Chlorine. An unfortunate choice since many strains of crypto are chlorine-resistant. In 1996, the EPA finally updated the Safe Water Drinking Act to add ultraviolet light treatment, but nearly a quarter of a million water mains break per year.
Owners of private wells are not any better off. The U.S. Geological Survey studies the nation’s private wells annually. In any given year, it’s about 25% of wells that have at least one health concern in their well.
The good news is that taking ownership over your own water safety is easy, affordable, and can be done without introducing chemicals to your water supply.
Contact us via 262.549.7733 or the form on this page for more information about disinfection steps for your family’s water supply.