Aluminum in Drinking Water
Aluminum is a naturally occurring element, in fact it’s the third most common element in the earth’s crust and is present in soil, water and air and is also used in water treatment processes.
Is Aluminum Harmful In My Drinking Water?
Aluminum, in the past, has been considered relatively non-toxic in healthy individuals. However, more and more studies are showing that aluminum may cause adverse effects on the nervous system.
Kidney disease patients exposed to high levels of aluminum can develop a form of dementia characterized by speech and behavioral changes, tremors, convulsions, and psychosis. Experts agree that high levels of aluminum in dialysis fluids and medications are responsible for the dementia, and controlling these levels of aluminum significantly reduces the incidence of this disease.
High Levels of aluminum are being associated with severe diseases of the nervous system, such as Parkinson’s disease, Lou Gehrig’s disease, and Alzheimer’s disease, but the association is not completely understood.
Intake of large amounts of aluminum can also cause anemia, brittle or soft bones, glucose intolerance, and cardiac arrest in humans. The effects in humans exposed to low levels of aluminum over a long period are not known, but earlier onset or progression of a wide range of diseases of the nervous system is a distinct possibility.
Can I Get Aluminum Out Of My Drinking Water?
Aluminum is not easy or inexpensive to remove from tap water. Reverse Osmosis systems and steam distillation are effective, but both processes require the purchase of expensive equipment and frequent maintenance.
If you think you have aluminum in your drinking water, contact one of our specialists to discuss your water testing and treatment options.
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