Contaminated drinking water was found to cause hundreds of illnesses and a number of deaths around the nation, including in Wisconsin. A recent CDC report shows that these incidents occurred in 2013 and 2014 caused by dangerous contaminates including chemicals, toxins and infectious pathogens in drinking water. Outbreaks ended in 1,006 cases of illness, over 100 hospitalizations and 13 deaths around the country.
Unfortunately, unsafe water isn’t always obvious. It can appear clean and clear, while containing dangerous contamination. Legionella bacteria was found to be the cause of 88 percent of the hospitalizations and all of the deaths. The bacteria causes legionellosis, a respiratory sickness. Dangerous pathogens found in manure were another major cause sickness. Pathogens cause gastrointestinal illness, which can be deadly for people with weakened immune systems. Contaminated drinking water can induce other health issues such as neurological disorders, cancer and infertility.