Cadmium Contamination Concerns in Tampa Bay Drinking Water
Cadmium is a toxic heavy metal that can contaminate drinking water sources and pose health risks if consumed over time. Recent testing has detected concerning levels of cadmium in groundwater and tap water samples across Tampa Bay.
Presence of Cadmium in the Drinking Water Supply
Cadmium has been found in drinking water sources in the following counties and cities around Tampa Bay:
Sun City Center
Town 'n' Country
East Lake-Orient Park
Indian Rocks Beach
St. Pete Beach
Land O' Lakes
New Port Richey
New Port Richey East
Health Concerns from Cadmium Exposure
Cadmium is a carcinogenic heavy metal that can accumulate in the body over time. Long-term ingestion of cadmium in drinking water can lead to kidney, bone, and reproductive damage.
Specific health effects associated with cadmium contamination include:
Osteoporosis and increased bone fractures
Neurological effects like headaches and memory loss
DNA damage and increased cancer risk
Reproductive harm and infertility
Vulnerable populations like children and pregnant women face the highest risks from cadmium exposure. Even small amounts ingested over many years can bioaccumulate and eventually reach toxic levels in the body.
The EPA has set a maximum contaminant level of 0.005 mg/L for cadmium in drinking water. However, some wells and tap samples around Tampa Bay have detected amounts above this safety threshold. It is crucial for homeowners to test their water and install proper treatment if cadmium is present.
Water Treatment Solutions for Cadmium
To remove cadmium from your home's water supply, Aqua-Wise Water Treatment Solutions recommends the following effective filtration systems:
The AquaLux Water Softener uses a resin bead filtration media to absorb and remove heavy metals like cadmium while also protecting pipes from scale buildup.
The AquaCarbonGuard Catalytic Carbon Filter combines activated carbon with a catalytic carbon core to reduce cadmium as well as other common contaminants.
Installing a Whole House Water Filter System provides comprehensive water treatment to eliminate cadmium from all taps in your home.
For severely contaminated well water, Reverse Osmosis is the most thorough option to remove cadmium along with other heavy metals, chemicals, and impurities.
The HydroTech Pro Commercial System combines several advanced treatments like sediment filtration, activated carbon, and UV sterilization for comprehensive water purification in businesses, schools, and municipal buildings.
Well owners can install specialized treatment like the WellFusion Iron & Sulfur Filter to remediate cadmium while also controlling iron, hydrogen sulfide, and other well water contaminants.
Proper water testing is the first step to determine if cadmium or other contaminants are impacting your water quality. Schedule your free water test today and Aqua-Wise's experts can analyze your water and recommend the best purification solutions.
Protect Your Health with Clean Water
Don't let toxic cadmium go untreated in your home's water. With the proper filtration systems, Tampa Bay residents can enjoy cleaner, safer water free of this dangerous contaminant. Contact Aqua-Wise today to learn more and schedule your water testing.
EPA on Cadmium in Drinking Water
Cadmium Toxicity and Treatment, National Institutes of Health
Health Effects of Cadmium Exposure, Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry