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Understanding the Levels of Water Contamination

6/14/2019 (Permalink)

Water Damage Understanding the Levels of Water Contamination The riskiest category is “category three,” sometimes also called “black water.”

Understanding the Levels of Water Contamination

Having fresh, clean water is truly a privilege for everyone who has access to it in Castle Pines, CO. However, even in highly developed areas, there may be times when water may become contaminated, making it unsafe to consume or use. Understanding when water is safe for an individual and a family to drink, shower, and use for bathing is very important. There is a grouping system that is designed to explain and categorize different levels of contaminated water. Here is an explanation of the three categories that are assigned to water contamination, and it may be beneficial for an individual to familiarize himself or herself with these categories to better understand when water is unsafe for use.

1. Category One Water Classification

Water that is categorized as a “category one” is considered safe for individuals to use. Some examples of category one water may include tap water from a sink or water from a shower. This category may also include water that comes from a toilet overflow or a shower overflow, possibly caused by a damaged water supply line. This category of water is the classification and may not pose a risk to a person if it touches the skin or is consumed.

2. Category Two Water Classification

“Category two” water is designated as water that is not safe for people and may contain harmful elements and organisms, including mold and bacteria. Category two water may be moderately contaminated and consuming it or bathing in it may cause illness. Category two liquid may also be referred to as “grey water,” and can include water from a dishwasher, for example.

3. Category Three Water Classification

The riskiest category is “category three,” sometimes also called “black water.” This water may be highly contaminated and drinking it or showering in it could possibly cause severe illness. This category classification level may result from a sewage leak, for example, and the contaminated water could contain high amounts of unhealthy substances such as Escherichia coli (E. coli) bacteria. Understanding this categorization system may be helpful and contacting a professional to aid in handling contaminated water might be a life-saving decision.

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