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    Health effects of drinking contaminated water


    Most of us will avoid drinking well or tap water in certain countries. There are, however, times when we may be affected by contaminated water without realising it. Before examining the health effects of drinking contaminated water, let’s look at some of the most common causes of water contamination and the contaminants that may be present.

    Causes of water contamination

    Water supplies may be contaminated by:

    • Naturally occurring minerals or chemicals (like uranium, radon or arsenic, for example)
    • Land use practices (concentrated feeding, pesticides, fertilisers, etc.)
    • Manufacturing processes
    • Wastewater release or sewer overflows

    Lack of or inadequate maintenance on septic systems or water systems in hotels, spas and other public facilities may also cause illness due to contaminated water.

    Possible contaminants

    Contaminants may consist of minerals and chemicals (including excess fluoride, pesticides, herbicides) or nitrates seeping into water due to farming activities or faulty septic systems. Other contaminants may consist of bacteria or viral agents including:

    • Campylobacter, copper or cryptosporidium
    • Coli, giardia or hepatitis A
    • Legionella, norovirus, salmonella or shigella

    Any of these contaminants can cause more or less severe infections.

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    Health effects of drinking contaminated water

    The health effects of drinking contaminated water are similar to those of food poisoning infections and can range from minor cramps, diarrhoea, nausea and vomiting to serious gastrointestinal illnesses, neurological disorders and reproductive problems.

    What to do if you suspect an infection

    If you believe you are suffering from the health effects of drinking contaminated water, you should first of all seek immediate medical assistance, as some of these conditions can be fatal if left untreated. Your next step is to try to determine when and where you may have been exposed to contaminated water. This will not only make it possible for you to claim compensation from the person or authority responsible for your water-related illness, but may also help prevent others from being affected.

    How to claim

    Operating under a conditional (no-win, no-fee) agreement, we, Accident Advice Helpline, can help you:

    • Find out who is responsible for your illness related to contaminated water
    • Gather evidence to support your case
    • Bring your case to a satisfactory conclusion fast

    Able to deal with most claim process over the phone, we may even be able to settle your claim without the need for you to attend court (please note that this cannot be guaranteed).

    Call our helpline

    To learn more and/or get a claim set into motion, call us now on 0800 689 0500 or 0333 500 0993 (respective numbers for calls from UK landlines or mobiles).

    Date Published: February 20, 2017

    Author: Accident Advice

    Accident Advice Helpline (or AAH) is a trading style of Slater Gordon Solutions Legal Limited. Slater Gordon Solutions Legal Limited is a company registered in England and Wales with registration number 07931918, VAT 142 8192 16, registered office Dempster Building, Atlantic Way, Brunswick Business Park, Liverpool, L3 4UU and is an approved Alternative Business Structure authorised and regulated by the Solicitors Regulation Authority. Authorised and regulated by the Financial Conduct Authority.

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