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Air quality and water quality are closely linked. Air pollutants can be deposited into water bodies, where they can have a variety of negative effects on water quality. For example, air pollutants can contribute to acidification (increased acid), eutrophication (increased plant and algae growth which leads to deterioration of water quality — and can eventually cause “dead zones,” which are incapable of supporting life), and the formation of harmful algal blooms. Air quality issues can ultimately lead to harmful and dangerous byproducts in bodies of water, in our soil, and ultimately in our drinking water.

The Current Water Quality Issues in Canada

The recent wildfires in Canada have caused a number of water quality issues. The smoke from the fires has deposited air pollutants into water bodies as well as sediment and other potentially harmful contaminants. As a result, water quality in several areas of Canada have been compromised and toxic smoke is now drifting south to the U.S., causing air quality alerts and the potential for contaminated water.

Acidity

Acidity is a measure of how much hydrogen ions (H+) are dissolved in water. When air pollutants, such as sulfur dioxide and nitrogen oxides, are deposited into water bodies, they can react with water to form acids. This can lower the pH of the water, making it more acidic. Acidic water can harm fish and other aquatic life, and it can also make water unsafe to drink.

Eutrophication

Eutrophication is a condition in which water bodies become rich in nutrients, such as phosphorus and nitrogen. These nutrients can come from a variety of sources, including agricultural runoff, sewage, and air pollution. When nutrient levels in water bodies are too high, it can lead to the growth of excessive algae. This algae can block sunlight, which can harm aquatic plants and animals. In some cases, algae blooms can also produce toxins that can make water unsafe to drink.

Harmful Algal Blooms

Harmful algal blooms (HABs) are blooms of algae that produce toxins that can harm fish and other aquatic life, and they can also make water unsafe to drink. HABs can be caused by a variety of factors, including nutrient pollution, warm water temperatures, and sunlight.

The Importance of Ensuring High-Quality Water for Your Home and Family

It is important to ensure that the water in your home is safe to drink. You can do this by having your water tested regularly for contaminants. In fact, the EPA recommends those on wells have their water tested 1x/year. We also encourage public water homes be tested as there may be contaminants and/or high levels of chlorine, which may impact your health. If our testing determines that your water is contaminated, we can help you take the proper steps to improve its quality. We recommend treatment options based on your specific water-quality needs and desires.

We encourage you to do your research and keep up to date with how air quality issues may continue to impact your health and water quality. Please don’t hesitate to reach out if you have any questions.

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