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Don't Panic: Here's What to Do If You Drink Contaminated Water

Discover the essential steps to take after accidentally consuming contaminated water, as well as how to detect the symptoms in yourself and others.

Kelli Harris - Writer for Mayu Water
By Kelli Harris
Davor Štefanović - Editor for Mayu Water
Edited by Davor Štefanović

Updated March 25, 2024.

When you reach for a glass of water, you hardly anticipate that drinking it could result in sickness. However, water contamination does occur, and these unseen contaminants have the potential to impact your health.

Contamination can affect various water supplies, including city, fresh water, and well water sources. Common pollutants, such as chemicals, pesticides, fecal matter, bacteria, and parasites, can infiltrate these supplies, resulting in numerous unpleasant symptoms. Here's how to recognize the symptoms and effectively respond to contaminated water consumption.

Effects of Drinking Dirty or Contaminated Water

So, what happens if you drink bad water? When the body reacts to contaminants, it can cause some degree of discomfort. Some symptoms to watch out for include:

  • Nausea
  • Mild fever
  • Vomiting
  • Stomach pains
  • Diarrhea

Knowing these signs can help you spot problems quickly if you consume contaminated water.

The Importance of Swift Medical Attention

If you suspect you've consumed contaminated water, getting fast medical attention is necessary to rule out severe illnesses. Those with pre-existing conditions like heart disease or diabetes are especially vulnerable, so it's important to prioritize water quality.

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