Like most people in the Topeka area, you probably don’t think too much about your tap water. You turn on the faucet, fill up a glass, and drink away. But have you ever stopped considering just how good (or bad) your water really is? If not, now is the time to start thinking about it.

We’ll look at some of the issues with Topeka’s tap water, including taste and smell, why it might not be safe to drink, and why water purification is important. We’ll also discuss some of the solutions available to you, such as water filters. And finally, we’ll offer information on how you can get your water tested for free!

So, What’s Wrong with Topeka’s Tap Water?

For starters, it can contain high levels of microorganisms, like bacteria and viruses, which can pose serious health risks. Additionally, the water may contain nitrate and nitrites, which can also be dangerous. And then there’s arsenic, which is a naturally-occurring element that can be found in water, soil, and air. While low levels of arsenic are not necessarily harmful, high levels can lead to cancer.

Haloacetic acids

Haloacetic acids are a group of chemicals that are formed when chlorine or other disinfectants react with organic matter in the water. There are nine different haloacetic acids, but the two most common are HAA- five and HAA- nine. These chemicals have been linked to cancer, and according to the Environmental Working Group (EWG), exposure to high levels of HAA- five can increase your risk of cancer by up to three times!


Chromium is a heavy metal commonly found in rocks, plants, soil, and water. It can exist in two forms, hexavalent chromium, and trivalent chromium. Hexavalent chromium is the more dangerous of the two and has been linked to cancer.


Atrazine is an herbicide commonly used on crops like corn and wheat. You can also find it in drinking water. Studies have shown that atrazine can harm developing fetuses, and exposure to high levels has been linked to congenital disabilities.


Desisopropylatrazine is an artificial chemical that is used in the production of herbicides and pesticides. It has been shown to harm developing fetuses, and according to the EWG, can also increase your risk of cancer.

What Can I Do?

So, what can you do to protect yourself and your family from these harmful chemicals? The best solution is to install a water filtration system in your home. A good water filtration system, including those featuring deionization, will remove all of the contaminants mentioned above, leaving you with clean, safe water to drink.

If you’re concerned about tap water quality, contact Culligan of Topeka today. We offer free water tests and can help you find the perfect water filtration solution for your whole home. So give us a call today!Culligan of Topeka offers FREE well water tests. Water filtration is the best solution to remove contaminants from your water, leaving you with clean drinking water. Not sure which water filtration system is right for your home? Culligan of Topeka can help you find the perfect one! Give us a call today to schedule your FREE well-water test. Water purity is important for your health, so don’t wait — call Culligan of Topeka today!


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