Do you think much about the water that flows out of your tap?
Probably not: It’s just water, right?
But if you’ve paid attention to the news in the last few years, you’ve probably started to think a lot more about your tap water. Water has entered our consciousness in ways that we never thought it would, and we’ve started to worry about the water we consume, bathe in, and clean with.
Most recently, the way we think about water has been framed by the Flint water crisis. It still hasn’t been fully resolved, but it was in the national news headlines for months as unsafe levels of lead have resulted in learning disabilities, chronic illnesses, and even a lower birthrate.
It’s a scary thought. We need water—we can’t avoid it. But is what comes out of the tap safe for us and our families? A healthy dose of information and education about our water source is a good place to start in order to understand what you’re drinking and when you should be worried.
For example, all water has contaminants. These can enter the water supply in a variety of ways such as through the pipes, or even if they are naturally present in the water system. However, most households have access to water that’s suitable to use—because the most harmful contaminants have been removed. Those include everything from the well-known lead to lesser known ones such as antimony.
There are a number of ways to determine if your home water is safe for drinking and other uses. There are home water analysis testing kits for starters as well as a full range of water filtration solutions. It’s important to understand what various solutions can and cannot do to help safeguard your home’s water supply.
What else do you need to know? This infographic explains it.
The infographic below covers the most common contaminants and strategies to ensure you’re drinking safe water. For instance, it’s not only important to invest in water filters, but it’s crucial to replace them when you’re supposed to because contaminants start to back up in the filter and can clog it.
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