Synthetic Organic Chemicals in Water

Source of Organic Chemicals: Organic chemicals contaminants include pesticides and herbicides (synthetic organic chemicals), disinfection by-products (DBPs), polychlorinated biphenyls (PCBs), industrial chemicals and pharmaceuticals. Water supplies can contain organic pollutants through contamination from farm run-off, landfills, factories, spills and improper disposal.

 

Health Effects of Organic Chemicals: Health risks are dependent on a variety of factors including the type of chemical contaminant, the concentration of the chemical in the water, sensitivity of the individual consuming the water and period of exposure (days, months, years) to the contaminated water supply. Many organic compounds are suspected carcinogens.

 


How to Remove Organic Chemicals:  In most cases a whole-house activated carbon filter is the best Available Technology (BAT) for removal of organic chemicals. Another option is a WECO reverse osmosis filtration system. This complete 5-stage water purification system removes tastes and odors along with suspended particles like sand and grit, chlorine, chloramine, carcinogenic chemicals, pesticides, solvents, and heavy metals like lead, cadmium, copper and arsenic. WECO whole-house and commercial filtration systems are also available.