Can Road Salt Contaminate Drinking Water?

Road Salt In Your Drinking Water

For our fellow Wisconsin and Minnesota residents, it comes as no surprise that our towns typically turn into mini polar vortexes in the winter, and our best defense against the snow is road salt. These tiny particles cover our roads and find their way into our homes — and our drinking water. Studies have shown that the reason for high chlorine levels in our Wisconsin drinking water comes from road salt contamination. However, it’s important to know how this winter substance can affect your health.

Is Road Salt Dangerous to Our Health?

Not only does road salt corrode concrete and municipal infrastructures, but extreme amounts can also affect human health though our drinking water as well. Road salt seeps into our drinking water through the ground, entering our waterways and water supplies. Chlorine is not toxic in low doses, but it will change the smell and taste of your drinking water. Sodium, on the other hand, can be dangerous in large amounts especially to those with high blood sugar. This is due to the fact that excess sodium makes your body retain too much fluid, which in turn puts pressure on your heart. In addition, high amounts of sodium can increase your risk of stroke, heart failure, osteoporosis, kidney disease, and other conditions.

Removing Sodium From Your Drinking Water

The best way to remove sodium from your drinking water is with a whole house water filtration system. If you live in Minnesota or Wisconsin and are in need of a new whole house water filtration system, you’re in luck! Aquarius Water Conditioning sells top of line water filtration systems by Kinetico to provide your homes with purified water. In addition, you may choose to add a water softener to your home’s water, which can help provide better-tasting water, as well as smoother skin and sofer clothes.

To schedule your free in-home water analysis and quote call us at 888-741-9025 or contact us online!