One of the surefire ways to know if you have an excess of iron in your drinking water at home is by noticing a reddish-brown discoloration of the water, as well as a slight metallic taste. While excess iron in your drinking water is a very common problem, there is often one question that surrounds it: Is iron in my drinking water harmful?

While it is true that iron is a very important mineral to have in your body, you do not want an excess of it in your drinking water. Too much iron in your water can actually have some rather harmful side effects on your health, the health of your skin and hair, and even the health of your home. Too much iron in your water can impact you in the following ways!

On your skin: Excess iron in your water can damage skin cells causing wrinkles and even infections in extreme cases. Iron-rich water can also cause a build up of soap residue on your skin resulting in oily skin and acne or eczema.

On your health: While iron is important to have, iron in water can lead to a higher risk of other bacteria which can aid in the influx of stomach issues, nausea, and even damage to the liver and pancreas.

On your food: Using water with excess iron to wash food or make coffee will pass on the metallic taste of the water to the food or drink. Food cooked in this water can also spoil quicker.

Reducing The Iron in Your Water

One of the best ways to help reduce the amount of iron found in your home’s drinking water is by installing a water filtration system. These systems can help you remove iron, bacteria, and other contaminants from your home’s drinking water. This will not only have a positive impact on your health and quality of life, but the health of your home, as well.

This post was written by Kristian D’An, owner and water expert at Eco Water Solutions of Florida. They offer whole home water solutions such as softeners, whole home water filtration systems, and reverse osmosis systems. Their focus is to provide Floridians with safe and clean water throughout the home.