8 Common Water Borne Diseases You Don’t Want to Get


Most of us are lucky to have access to an endless supply of clean, pathogen-free drinking water.

City water in the US is treated with chemical disinfectants to kill microorganisms and protect water as it travels through the distribution system to our home.

Here are some of the common waterborne diseases that you may be exposed to if you drink from an unclean water source.

Escherichia Coli (E. coli)

E. coli is a type of bacteria that has both beneficial and dangerous strains. Dangerous E. coli is spread via contamination from animal waste.


Giardiasis is a waterborne disease that’s caused by a tiny parasite called giardia.


Cryptosporidiosis is a diarrheal disease that’s caused by ingesting food or water that’s contaminated with a parasite called cryptosporidium.

Crypto is one of the most common recreational water diseases in the USA, and is spread from the fecal matter of an infected person or animal.

You may be exposed to crypto through contact with animals, swimming in contaminated water, drinking contaminated water, or eating contaminated foods.

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