Adelaide is the South Australian capital and was named one of the 'top 10 must visit cities' for 2014 according to Lonely Planet. The city stretches in an approximate 20 km from the coast to the foothills and the city centre is a blend of historic buildings, wide streets and parklands.
Adelaide’s population of over 1.23 million enjoy a warm Mediterranean climate characterised by hot summers with cool winters. Mostly rain is experienced during the winter months. In other times of the year, rain has been extremely unreliable causing the population to be water alert during the dry periods.
Adelaides Drinking Water
Half of Adelaide’s drinking water is pumped from the River Murray. Additionally in 2013, a sea desalination plant was also built to supply water to Adelaide.
Who controls your Drinking Water?
SA Water manages Adelaide’s drinking water gained from water reservoirs namely:
- Mount Bold
- Happy and Happy Valley
- Little and South Para
They have been in operation for nearly 150 years and has continually supplied Adelaide with enough drinking water and has been involved in large construction projects such as treatment plants.
What Lurks in Adelaide's Tap Water
Since Adelaide’s water comes from various catchments, different water treatments are applied to keep it safe and clean when it comes out of your tap. SA Water reports in 2012, revealed South Australia’s water quality there were certain hazards discovered despite the treatment processes.
Reports indicate chemicals added to water pose health hazards to
Chlorine is one of the chemicals added during the disinfection process to kill water borne organisms.
WARNING... In large quantities it can cause health issues such as organ failure and even some cancers have been linked to it.
MORE > Chlorination, Are You Sure Your Drinking Water is Safe?
Fluoride is also added to water as a health requirement to help prevent tooth decay.
WARNING… Too much fluoride in water can cause fluorosis that may lead to brittle bones and teeth especially in children.
MORE > Should You Be Worried About Fluoride In Your Drinking Water?
Copper is usually present in water but in small amounts. Its actually good for your health in small doses
WARNING… Excess copper can make its way into your water via plumbing. Larges amounts consumed can cause nausea, headaches, gastric discomfort and at worse liver damage.
MORE > Health Risk of Copper In Drinking Water
Arsenic is naturally found in soil and is harmless in tiny amounts.
WARNING... dangerous levels of arsenic can seep through soil into our water supplies especially around industrial areas like mining.Increased levels of Arsenic in the body may cause poisoning and death.
MORE > Arsenic in Water: Its Effects and How to Get Rid of It
Is there something you can do?
As much as we rely on the government and authorities in providing us with safe and healthy drinking water, they cannot guarantee such quality at all times. We as consumers should take the initiative to pursue a safer drinking water in our homes.
As a first step, why not purchase your very own water filtration system that you and your family can use. There are countless water filter products that is sure to fit you and your family’s needs.