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7 Common Contaminants Found in Drinking Water


2. Legionella

The EPA notes that legionella bacteria are actually a naturally occurring contaminant in water, which can lead to Legionnaires’ disease (a type of serious lung infection). While it’s normally spread through tiny water droplets in the air, usually in buildings with larger plumbing systems, it can make it’s way into your body by aspiration of drinking water (when water “goes down the wrong pipe”, notes the CDC).

While this bacterium doesn’t often affect healthy people, there are certain groups that could be at more risk – including seniors, smokers, or those with a chronic lung condition or weakened immune system, adds the source.

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