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Copper Contamination in Drinking Water in Tampa Bay, Florida


Copper is a common drinking water contaminant that can have adverse health effects if consumed in high concentrations over prolonged periods. In recent years, elevated copper levels have been detected in tap water samples from homes and businesses across Tampa Bay. This is concerning as studies show copper toxicity can lead to gastrointestinal issues, liver and kidney damage, anemia, and more.

In this article, we will discuss the prevalence of copper in the region's water supply, associated health risks, and effective treatment solutions available from Aqua-Wise Water Treatment Solutions.

Presence of Copper in Tampa Bay Drinking Water

Copper enters drinking water primarily through corrosion of household plumbing systems and erosion of natural deposits. Levels tend to be higher in homes with copper pipes.

According to testing by local municipalities, copper has been detected at concentrations above the EPA's action level of 1.3 ppm in all major counties across the Tampa Bay area, including:

Pinellas County

  • St. Petersburg

  • Clearwater

  • Largo

  • Palm Harbor

  • Dunedin

Pasco County

  • New Port Richey

  • Port Richey

  • Zephyrhills

Hillsborough County

  • Tampa

  • Plant City

  • Brandon

Exposure is widespread throughout the region's water systems.

Health Concerns of Copper Exposure

The EPA has set a maximum contaminant level goal of 1.3 ppm for copper in drinking water. At prolonged exposures above this level, copper can have the following adverse health effects:

  • Gastrointestinal distress - nausea, vomiting, diarrhea

  • Liver or kidney damage

  • Anemia

  • Weakened immune system

Sensitive populations like children and those with pre-existing conditions may experience effects at lower exposures than healthy adults.

Effective Treatment Solutions From Aqua-Wise

To remove copper and protect your health, Aqua-Wise Water Treatment Solutions offers the following effective systems:

We also offer other treatment options to address unique needs - view our full line here.

Reduce Your Exposure With Clean Water

Don't wait - take action today to reduce copper and other risks from your drinking water. Schedule a free water test from Aqua-Wise to evaluate your home's water quality.

Discover discounts, promotions, and financing options available to improve your water security. Investing in a proper treatment system is an important step to protect the health of your family.

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