Do you know what’s in your drinking water? According to the CDC, over 286 million people in the United States get their drinking water from public systems. Those who don’t have community water get it from a well (around 15% according to the EPA). No matter how the drinking water comes into your home, it’s a good idea to get it tested regularly.
Public Water Safety Issues
Though community water in the United States is amongst the safest in the world, problems may occasionally occur, which could include e coli outbreaks, excess fluoride, copper in the water supply, salmonella, and contaminates related to industrial pollution. While it is possible to experience these issues in your drinking water, community water sources are continually being tested which lessens the impact. As soon as impurities are detected in the water, they are addressed immediately.
Well Water Safety Issues
Unlike public water sources, private drinking water isn’t monitored and regulated on a continual basis unless the homeowner is diligent. The homeowner is responsible for any filtration the water may need to make it drinkable. Water filtration systems include units that fit directly on the tap, bottleless water coolers, or large units that are housed in a basement. Most home filtration systems include a combination of these methods.
Testing Your Water
Even if your water comes from a public source, it’s important to have it tested on a regular basis. How else will you know what is really in your water? Sure, the water is tested at the community level, but contamination can occur after the water leaves the plant. In the case of well water, regular testing will help you determine if your filtration system is effective.
Most tests will help you determine mineral level, microorganisms that appear, and whether diseases may be present. After that, you can determine which filtration products you will need to fix the issue. Even with community water, you may still need to add additional filtration inside the home.
Improving the Taste
Do you like the way your water tastes? Even if the water in your home is deemed as safe, there are things that could negatively impact taste. This includes mineral content, chlorine, and your pipes. For example, chlorine is often added to public drinking water to help control microorganisms. Home filtration, such as bottleless water coolers can get rid of any odors or unpleasant flavors.
Even if your water comes from the community, much can happen to it before it gets to your home. Regular testing is crucial because knowing what’s in your drinking water is the first step to correcting any problems.