Can Viruses Affect Your Well Water?


Can Viruses Affect Your Well Water?

Thanks to the pandemic, viruses are on the forefront of many people’s minds at the moment. While you don’t have to worry about COVID-19 infecting your drinking water, there are some viruses that can contaminate your water. Here is a look at some of the most common waterborne viruses that you need to know about. 


Causing nearly a half million deaths every year, rotavirus is frequently fatal to children below the age of 5. In adults, a rotavirus inspection can lead to a fever of more than 101 degrees Fahrenheit, watery diarrhea and vomiting. As such, the illness can also be life threatening to adults if fluids and electrolytes are not replenished.


Spread through food and water or from one person to another, norovirus is highly contagious. Even worse, the virus is not affected by disinfectant hand gels and it only takes a few strains of the virus to make someone sick. Symptoms of a norovirus infection include water diarrhea, projectile vomiting, low fever, cramps, chills, muscle aches and headaches. Unfortunately, it is possible for some people to carry the virus without exhibiting symptoms while still being able to infect others.

Hepatitis A

Mostly affecting countries where poor sanitation is an issue, Hepatitis A can cause enough damage to the liver to result in death. Symptoms associated with a Hepatitis A infection include fever, diarrhea, vomiting, jaundice, muscle aches and a reduced appetite. 

To ensure your water is free from these viruses, you will need to install a purifier. Of course, you should also take steps to prevent this type of contamination from occurring in the first place. This means drilling your well in an area that is not likely to be affected by these contaminants. With the professional services of Pump Service Idaho, you can be sure your well is drilled in the proper location to keep it safe to drink. 

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