What Can Cause Poor Water Quality in My Home?

Oct 25, 2021

Water quality affects every aspect of daily life. When you turn on the tap at home, you want to be confident the water you use for cooking, showering, cleaning—and especially drinking—is safe. We rely on clean water to be healthy, but low-quality water is a troubling issue in regions around the country and all over the world. Unfortunately, news stories about communities with unsafe drinking water aren’t uncommon. Keep reading to learn about what causes poor water quality in a home and how it can be addressed.

Reasons for Low-Quality Water

Most potential causes of poor water quality are going to be out of your control. Pervasive pollution is the primary cause of poor water quality, but there are other causes you may not know about. The list of possible reasons for low-quality water include: 

  • Agricultural waste – Waste from farms that raise animals and food is a major source of water pollution. Rain washes pesticides, fertilizer, and animal waste into sources of water such as rivers and lakes, causing bacteria and virus levels to rise.
  • Wastewater and sewage – Wastewater is used water that comes from homes and commercial enterprises as well as storm runoff after rain. Although wastewater and sewage are treated before water is sent to homes, the treatment process may not ensure water that’s always clean and safe to drink and use for household purposes. 
  • Industrial waste – Commercial operations are everywhere, which makes regulating pollutants difficult. Many factories simply discard chemical waste in whatever bodies of water are nearby.

Solutions for Poor Water Quality

Fortunately, homeowners have options when it comes to controlling their water quality. Low-quality water can be improved with the services of water systems experts who understand how crucial clean water is for your family’s health. These professionals can help you with solutions such as:

  • Water quality analysis – A water systems specialist can conduct pH testing and check for chlorine, hard water, and total dissolved solids (TDS). The specialist can diagnose any problems and make recommendations for how to solve your water quality issues. 
  • Water softening – Hard water often contains dissolved magnesium and calcium, which can cause dry skin, leave spots and film on dishes, and cause the colors in clothing to become dull. If they have hard water, San Diego homeowners can benefit from having water softening systems installed to reduce the levels of calcium and magnesium in their water.


At Arnett’s Water Systems, we’re committed to solving your water contamination issues quickly and correctly. We’re available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. No matter what kind of issue you may be having with your home’s water quality, you can rely on our team of experts to solve it. Whether they need highly trained professionals to install a whole-house filtration system or a tankless water heater, San Diego homeowners can trust us to provide nothing less than exceptional service.

Give us a call today at (619) 223-1209 to find out how we can improve the quality of water in your home. 

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