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Is There Antibiotic-Resistant Bacteria In Your Water?

In some cities, residents are turning up with unexplained antibiotic-resistant infections.  Researchers have discovered that these infections may be caused by antibiotic-resistant bacteria in their water supply. Unfortunately, the problem only worsens at the water treatment plant.

BF Service tech checking water

Water treatment plants typically will use “good” bacteria to digest waste, as part of the treatment process. Antibiotic-resistant bacteria enters the water supply due to the misuse of medications, agricultural chemicals or cleaning products, and generally die off as part of the water treatment process.  Sadly, the genetic material for these “bad” bacteria will mingle with that of the “good” bacteria, forming an entire reservoir of antibiotic-resistant bacteria in water.

While multi-stage filtration by water treatment plants will capture much of the antibiotic-resistant genetic material, researchers have been able to detect enough of the harmful bacteria in water to warrant further research. In the meantime, if you’re concerned about the effects of antibiotic-resistant bacteria in your water, think about installing a system that will protect your home and family and assure that the water you’re drinking isn’t harmful.  Our whole-home system is the solution and our Easy Water Bacteria Shield uses the natural power of UV light to deactivate bacteria, viruses, cysts and other dangers in your water.

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