As more and more people opt out of costly and wasteful bottled water, beverage companies are spending millions of dollars to convince us that our tap water isn’t as pure and safe as it should be.
Well, given the increased awareness of environmental and chemical pollution, how CAN you be certain your home water supply is safe? And how do you know if you should invest in a kitchen or whole house water filtration system?
Here are a few suggestions to help guide your decision.
How safe is tap water?
The U.S. has some of the safest drinking water in the world. Public water supplies are regularly tested for quality and monitored by the Environmental Protection Agency. However, testing violations can and do occur, and contaminants can sometimes appear in our drinking water at higher than standard levels. Even so, more than 90% of the water supply in the U.S. is safe to drink straight from the tap.
Who should have their water tested?
If your water supply comes from a well, you should have your water tested for bacteria, nitrates, radon and other contaminants once a year. Some impurities are naturally occurring in the soil and bedrock while others work their way into your drinking water through cracked pipes, snow run off, and rain.
If you’re connected to a public water supply system but have an older home with lead pipes, it’s a good idea to have your water tested. Even the copper pipes used in newer construction can be soldered with lead or brass fittings which can leach lead into your water. If you’re pregnant, have young children, or have a compromised immune system, you need to have your water tested for possible lead contamination.
Your water has unacceptable levels of one or more contaminants, now what?
There are several ways to remedy the problem, though the right solution will depend on the source or cause of the contamination. For example, if old pipes are to blame, you might consider having them replaced. If bacteria are present in your well water, the well will need to be disinfected.
At CT Mechanical Solutions, we offer two additional solutions: the installation and ongoing maintenance of both whole-house and point-of-use water filters. Click here to learn more about our water filtration products and services, and how they can benefit you.