How Do You Know If Your Water Is Safe?
Is water testing necessary?
There are many different kinds of water contaminants that are harmful to people and animals. There are also minerals that are beneficial to human health, such as calcium and magnesium. Knowing what’s in your family’s water is important!
Lead Isn’t The Only Contaminant Found In American Water
The water crisis caused by the discovery of lead in the water of Flint, Michigan has been in the headlines around the country. However, Flint isn’t the only place where lead has been found in the water supply. Arsenic, Chloroform, and many other chemicals are contaminating American water.
That’s not all. Research is showing that pesticides, petroleum products, and pharmaceutics are contaminating the water as well. Based on the U.S. Geological Survey1 over 80% of the tested water streams contained pharmaceuticals including antibiotics, hormones, contraceptives, and steroids. In fact, the United States Environment (EPA)2 Protection agency has admitted that over 23 million Americans consume contaminated water.
How Do You Know If Your Water Is Contaminated or Safe?
The only way to really know what is in your family’s tap is by testing it. Most community water systems distribute a Consumer Confidence Report once a year, typically in July. This report contains results for any contaminants found in the water, their possible health effects, as well as the source of the water. However, if you receive your tap water from a private water supply you are responsible for assuring that it is safe. This is why the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)3 suggests that people who use these routinely test their water supply for contaminants.
At Aquasana, we believe that testing your home tap water an essential part of deciding which water filtration system is right for your family’s home and lifestyle needs. This is why we offer our clients a variety of water testing services as well.
Link 1: http://toxins.usgs.gov/pubs/FS-027-02/
Link 2: https://www3.epa.gov/enviro/facts/sdwis/search.html
Link 3: https://www.epa.gov/sites/production/files/2015-11/documents/2005_09_14_faq_fs_homewatertesting.pdf