Iron is an essential element to the human body, however if it seeps into your drinking water it needs to be removed. There are many negative effects associated with iron contamination and here are the most common.
Iron is an essential element to the human body, however, if it seeps into your drinking water it needs to be removed. There are many negative effects associated with iron contamination and here are the most common.
The number one concern with iron contamination is health. A low level of iron isn’t harmful, however iron in drinking water is considered a secondary contaminant according to the EPA.
Iron often carries small bacterial organisms with it, and these bacteria can be harmful if digested. If too much iron is consumed there can be many long-term effects on the body. The most common is iron overload, and this is caused by a mutation in the gene that digests iron. This mutation affects over one million citizens in The United States alone. Over time, iron overload can lead to hemochromatosis, which can lead to liver, stomach, and pancreatic damage that can eventually lead to diabetes.
Iron can also affect your skin in negative ways. It can enter your pores and damage healthy skin cells, which can lead to wrinkles. Iron doesn’t mix too well with soap either. This can cause issues when bathing or showering as soap scum residue will not only be left in your bathtub but on your skin as well. This can cause skin pores, which leads to buildups of oil in the skin, effectively causing acne and other skin deficiencies.
Iron also has an effect around the house. Iron will leave residue on almost anything it touches. If you clean your dishes or do the laundry with iron contaminated water, chances are it will leave a red or orange stain on the plates and cutlery while leaving dark stains on your laundry. Iron will also leave dark stains in your bathtub, toilet and toilet tank.
Food and drinks can also be contaminated by iron. Water with iron has a metallic aftertaste to it making it very unpleasant to drink. Using this water to make coffee, tea or other beverages will cause these drinks to have an unpleasant taste as well. It is not recommended to cook with iron contaminated water as vegetables and other foods cooked will blacken and leave a bad taste.