Think Your Drinking Water Is Safe? Think Again!

All of the recent media focus on the water crisis in Flint, Michigan and in other parts of the country has many people wondering about the quality of their own drinking water.

Here in Hagerstown, unfortunately, there are some concerns regarding high levels of Trihalomethanes in the water. What does that mean for you and your family? Watch the video to learn more from a trusted plumbing expert


Contamination in Hagerstown Water

Each year, public utilities companies are mandated by the Safe Water Drinking Act to distribute a Consumer Confidence Report, or CCR, that lists the results for EPA regulated and non-regulated contaminants.

According to a recent report, the water in the City of Hagerstown has high levels of Trihalomethanes. The EPA recommends levels of under 80 ppb, but in Hagerstown, the level was 98 ppb.

Currently, Hagerstown is operating under a consent agreement with the State of Maryland while it upgrades its major water treatment plant. While there is no available data regarding how long the agreement has been in place nor are more current test results available, past results dating back to 1980 show consistently high levels of Trihalomethanes.

What Are Trihalomethanes?

According to the World Health Organization, Trihalomethanes occur primarily as the result of the chlorination of organic matter in raw water supplies. Common Trihalomethanes include Chloroform, Bromodichloromethane and Bromoform. Bromodichloromethane causes reproductive effects, including stillbirth, and Chloroform is a known carcinogen.

Ongoing exposure to Trihalomethanes over several years can lead to problems with the kidneys, liver or central nervous system as well as an increased risk of cancer.

How You Can Protect Your Family

The best way to protect your family from the possible harmful effects of Trihalomethanes and other contaminants in your water is by installing a high-quality water filtration system. At Larry & Sons, we sell, install and service a number of excellent water filtration systems and water purifiers.

To help ensure your family’s health and safety, we have deeply discounted all of our water filtration systems. Contact us now to save $115 on any complete water filtration system.

Don’t risk exposing your family to the harmful contaminants found in Hagerstown’s water. Call Larry & Sons at 301-733-5428 now!

Know the Water You Drink! Install a Home Water Filtration System

As a consumer, you may prefer bottled spring water to tap water. You’re able to drink with the peace of mind knowing that the water you’re putting into your body comes from the purifying waters of natural streams or springs. Well…maybe. Probably not.

whole home water filtration purification

Besides the possibility of spring water contamination, as just occurred with Niagara Bottling, the water in your water bottle is less regulated and tested than the water flowing from your tap.

Tap water is better regulated

If you think the standards of purity are higher for bottled water, think again. Bottled water is regulated by the FDA, whereas city tap water is regulated by the much more stringent EPA. The FDA doesn’t monitor things like E.coli or force brands to submit water quality reports, unlike the EPA. In short, you can be more confident with the quality of your tap water than with the quality of your bottled water.

E.coli Contamination in Niagara Bottling Water

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The latest incidence of contaminated spring water involves Niagara Bottling where evidence of E. coli was discovered in one of their spring sources. Since bottled water brands aren’t regulated for E.coli, Niagara Bottling voluntarily recalled their own bottled water products. The company issued a voluntary recall for all bottled water manufactured in Pennsylvania between the dates of June 10th-18th.

States impacted by the recall include:

  • Connecticut
  • Delaware
  • District of Columbia
  • Maine
  • Maryland
  • Massachusetts
  • New Hampshire
  • New Jersey
  • New York
  • North Carolina
  • Pennsylvania
  • Rhode Island
  • Vermont
  • Virginia
  • West Virginia

The “best by” dates on the affected water bottles are:

BEST BY 08DEC2016  to BEST BY 16DEC2016

The affected water bottle brands are:

Acadia Spring Water
Acme Spring Water
Big Y Spring Water
Best Yet Spring Water
7-11 Spring Water
Niagara Spring Water
Nature’s Place Spring Water
Pricerite Spring Water
Superchill Spring Water
Morning Fresh Spring Water
Shaws Spring Water
Shoprite Spring Water
Western Beef Blue Spring Water
Wegmans Spring Water

For Wegmans Spring Water Only:

A1 BEST BY 13JUN2016
A3 BEST BY 10JUN2016
A3 BEST BY 15JUN2016
A3 BEST BY 16JUN2016
A4 BEST BY 15JUN2016
A4 BEST BY 16JUN2016

For more information on the recent Niagara Bottling recall, visit You can also contact them directly at (888) 943-4894.

Water Testing for Maryland, Pennsylvania, and West Virginia

Although tap water is better regulated, you may have internal contamination sources, which is why it is important to have your water tested at least once. The best time to test is when you first move into a home. Water testing will help you decide if you need a water treatment system and which system is best for your individual needs. The different systems and subsystems available to you are meant to address specific water quality issues, like chemicals, metals, and sediment. Your choice should be based on what’s in your water and a professional testing is the only way to find out.

Home Water Filtration and Softening Systems

We base our home water treatment systems, including softeners, filters and treatments on the report you get from having your water tested. From simple to whole house, we have the home water filtration system for you. No matter your needs, we promise to meet them.

You’ll benefit greatly from a home water filtration system – that’s a promise. You’ll love your new water filtration system so much that you’ll never want to drink manufactured bottled water again! Not only will you prefer your tap water, but if you get a whole-house water softening system, your appliances will last longer, your skin will be healthier, and you’ll have zero limescale, white spots, and mineral buildup on your fixtures and dishes.

Other home water filtration benefits include:

  • Purified water to drink
  • Extends the life of your appliances, such as fixtures, faucets & pipes
  • Keeps out heavy metals
  • Filters out chlorine & other chemicals
  • Saves you in instances where your local water supply becomes polluted
  • Eliminates stains, tastes & odors

Say goodbye to bottled water forever and hello to a healthier home and family!

If you’d like to find out more information on home water filtration systems, feel free to give us a call anytime: 301-733-5428

We’re committed to providing the best home water filtration systems to Maryland, Pennsylvania, and West Virginia, backed by a 100% Satisfaction Guarantee.

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