Where Does Your Water Come From & Do You Need a Water Filtration System?
According to recent UNICEFF estimates, more than 768 million people still use unsafe drinking sources. Fortunately, this isn’t something we as Americans consider when turning on the tap. But just how safe is our water? The Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC) carefully researched and documented drinking water systems from 19 U.S cities, and found not only was pollution present, but in many cases, outdated plumbing was posing serious health risks to some residents. So before reaching for a glass of water from your faucet, or even a bottle of water from your refrigerator, it’s important to understand the safety and quality of your water.
City & Well Water
In general, most Americans consume water directly from the tap. This source of water comes from one of 2 places: City or Well. City water coming from public water systems, such as those operated by municipalities is typically safe. Water safety standards are set and monitored by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). And while this water is not entirely free of contaminants, any contaminants that do exist are at low levels and don’t typically pose any serious health risks.
A water well, by definition, is an excavation or structure created in the ground by digging, driving, boring or drilling in order to access groundwater in underground aquifers. According to the CDC over 15 million U.S homes obtain their drinking water from private wells. These wells are not protected by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and can still become contaminated through naturally occurring chemicals and minerals such as radon and arsenic. Private wells should be checked every year for mechanical problems, cleanliness and to ensure there are no bacteria present. If left unchecked, water containing such contaminants can lead to health issues including gastrointestinal illness, reproductive problems and neurological disorders.
If you have questions concerns about the quality of your drinking water, look for a consumer confidence report (CCR) from your public water supplier by July 1st of each year. These reports are also typically available online. Another resource is the EPA’s Safe Drinking Water Hotline at 1-800-426-4791.
Water Filtration Systems
Water filters are one way to improve the drinking water in your home. There are three primary types of water filtration systems: carbon filters, water softeners, and reverse osmosis systems. These filters can remove contaminants to improve water safety, taste, and smell. Which filter is right for you? Could you use just one, or do you need all three? These are good questions to ask before purchasing a system, thats why its a good idea to have your water tested in order to determine what contaminants may exist. If you choose a water filtration system for your home, remember to maintain it regularly. Failing to do so will likely lead contaminants to build up in the filter, thus decreasing the water quality.
While bottled water is often considered the purest, safest, and most natural source of water, this is not always true. While the EPA implements mandatory testing programs with public water suppliers, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) does not have the same type of program for bottled water. The FDA oversees the standards for bottled water, but does not guarantee the safety of the water.
As summer approaches, think about where your drinking water is coming from, and the steps you can take towards providing safe and quality drinking water for you and your loved ones. If you have questions about water quality or water filters, do not hesitate to contact us today.
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