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Thursday, June 3, 2010
Antimony is a water contaminant that may pose a problem to you if you live in area that is near a landfill or an area near an industry that makes or uses antimony trioxide (a flame retardant). Antimony itself is metal found in certain types of naturally occurring ores.
The reason landfills are listed here is because some of the major sources of antimony in ground water comes from pigments, batteries, glass, and ceramics. The other source is antimony trioxide which is a compound that is widely used as a flame retardant.
In terms of health effects: those people who drink water containing antimony that is higher than the maximum contaminant level (MCL) may, over time, develop health issues such as increased blood cholesterol and decreases in blood sugar.
Because there are health issues associated with antimony, the EPA has established a MCL of 0.006 mg/L or 6 ppb.
If you get your water from a municipal water plant, that plant is required to test for antimony on a routine basis. Should the plant discover a violation, it must report that violation to its customers within 30 days. They must also take immediate action to correct the problem and offer customers alternative drinking water if the violation poses a substantial health risk to the public.
At the plant itself, the main treatment method for removing or lowering antimony in water is through coagulation and filtration. Some plants may use reverse osmosis to remove or lower antimony levels.
The above treatment methods have been shown to be effective in removing or lower antimony in public drinking water. Consumers, however, may wish to add another level of protection to their own drinking water. The good news is this is fairly easy to do and affordable as well.
High-quality water filters can be purchased and installed to help filter out any remaining antimony that may be in your drinking water. These water filters can be either whole house or point of use devices, and many of them are very affordable. Those consumers who live in areas where the possible discharge of antimony may be likely should consider adding water filters to their homes. This is one of the most effective ways to prevent this particular contamination from getting into your family's drinking water.
If you are not sure which type of water filter is best suited for your individual needs, consult with a reliable water filter vendor. These professionals can help you select the best device for your home and budget.
by: Chris Tracey