Is Your Tap Water Safe?

The point of all this is not to panic but to stay informed. The solution is to know the risks and minimize your family’s exposure to them. After contacting the EPA or your local public utility, you might find your water is quite safe. The worst case scenario is you’ll end up buying some filtration equipment for your home.

Don’t rush out and order a bunch of expensive tests from an environmental services company before contacting your local utility. Ask them for a water quality analysis that includes the names and levels of major contaminants in your area. (If your home uses a private well, contact your local public health agency for information.) Another source of information is the EPA safe drinking water hotline at (800)426-4791. Unlike other contaminants controlled at the drinking water treatment plant, lead is a potent toxin that is sometimes found in your home’s plumbing. You may wish to test your water at the tap using a home testing kit from your local hardware store.

If lead is the problem, a simple carbon water filter is usually effective for removing it. These relatively inexpensive units are also effective for removing certain organic compounds, pesticides and other hazardous pollutants. They work in-line, under-the-counter

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