Water Testing College Park
College Park has emerged as a popular place to live in the Washington, D.C. metropolitan area. Many students and employees from the University of Maryland have chosen to live in or near College Park, as well as others that live and work in the Washington, DC area.
Many of Maryland’s Washington, DC suburbs rely on the Washington Suburban Sanitary Commission (WSSC) for city water. The WSSC works hard to provide clean water to residents across Maryland but must rely on the Patuxent and Potomac Rivers. Water contamination has been found in both of these rivers in the past.
Meanwhile, the water delivery infrastructure in the Maryland suburbs is aging. Add these factors up and having the water tested and treated at your College Park home is now essential.
What Contaminants Could Be Found in Your College Park Water?
Many contaminants could be affecting your water. Heavy metals are perhaps the most well-known contaminants. The Flint water crisis, which was caused by excessive lead levels, still regularly makes the news.
Unfortunately, heavy metal exposure is a risk in Maryland. Some older homes may have lead pipes. Maryland’s long history as an industrial hub means local companies have been using many heavy metals for years. Additionally, lead-based paint can break down and contaminate water supplies. Even in nearby Baltimore, lead exposure remains a serious issue. With the right water filtration system like the Hague WaterMax® BEQ system, you can avoid dangerous exposure to lead.
Along with heavy metals, agricultural runoff poses a serious threat. Maryland is home to a thriving agricultural industry. However, many farmers rely on fertilizers to grow crops. Farmers also rely on pesticides to kill off bugs and pests. When it rains or the farmers irrigate their crops, these potential contaminants could be washed into the local water supply, including the Patuxent and Potomac Rivers.
Per and Polyfluoroalkyl Substances (PFAS) are particularly serious threats in Maryland. These chemicals are often called “forever chemicals” because they do not break down readily in nature. Many PFAS chemicals can persist for thousands of years.
Many health experts now believe that PFAS chemicals could pose a threat to human health, especially if consumed or through overexposure. PFAS chemicals are commonly used in industrial production. Further, past use of PFAS chemicals on American military is problematic. Many American military bases, including bases in Maryland, have been exposed to PFAS chemicals.
Professional Water Testing in Maryland
Given how many contaminants could be present in your drinking water, it’s essential to have your water tested. Fortunately, Hague Quality Water of Maryland can provide free, professional water testing right at your College Park home.
You could also purchase a water testing kit online but there are caveats to using this water testing method. To start, kits only test for a limited number of contaminants. Home kits aren’t very comprehensive, and if not done properly can deliver inaccurate results.
Contact Hague Quality Water of Maryland Today
In sum, if you live in College Park, you should have your water tested. The best, safest, and most affordable choice is contacting Hague so we can schedule a free water test. If we find contaminants, our water quality professionals can help you select an at-home water filtration system that will remove and reduce the contaminants. Schedule your free water test today by calling (410) 757-2992.