Is my tap water safe? What causes water contamination? When you are opening tap to fill a Sippy cup or teapot are you sure that your water is pure?
This question often rises on our minds that water coming out from the tap is good for our health or not. And it is good to ask this from municipal corporation and water boards. I think everyone is sailing on the same boat and to know what’s there in your water you can conduct a test. Even if you have water softeners installed doesn’t mean that water quality will be every time good. The effectiveness of salt free softeners depends on maintenance and regular check. So water testing is essential.
Without much ado let’s begin:
How does Drinking Water get contaminated?
As per the Center for Disease Control, the common sources of the US water contamination are due to land processing and manufacturing units. The most common example is the use of pesticides and fertilizers that leaks on farmland due to ignorance. Sewer overflow and malfunctions is another reason. Even arsenic that is a naturally occurring chemical in the area also causes contagion.
Paradoxically the massive rainfall also contributes to the water supply as it accumulates waste and residue along. The mudslides and flooding bring deposits to the river which is a major source of drinking water in many regions.
How to Know My Tap Water is Safe to Drink?
The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) of the United States keeps checking on water quality. They have a variety of programs and maps that detects water contaminants as per regions and work accordingly. They also provide a hotline to inquire about the same. However, the budget restrains them to execute many programs heartedly that impose risks on such agendas.
So, try these methods to investigate water safety at home or office:
- Go through EPA’s website: What is your monthly water bill? This is the first step to accumulate data regarding Water Company. EPA has many tools that ensure water safety bar if anyone fails to meet the water regulations you can report it to the centre.
- Look for specific contaminants: If you are allergic to something or you know the area well and want to know about the specific issue it can be easily detected. Like Americans often complaint about chromium in water. If it exceeds then you know how dangerous it can be.
- Reporting Requirements as per Area: Every report differs according to state due to different contaminants. This is challenging that is why many researchers try to combine information and data for reliable results.
- Test Yourself: Get a quick test yourself. Call on EPAs hotline and ask for testing kits or methods. You can order home testing kits but it is not that reliable.
- Ask Water Company: Your water company is liable to answer you. Do you know it reports to EPA every year about water quality? The report is available on bill, mail and via fax. As people have switched to e-billing to save trees so you need to dig up for proper data. The EPA map will help you to find the water company of your region and CDC will help you to avail CCR (Consumer Confidence Reports).
So next time instead of thinking what can be done? Face it and ask it.
Hope now you don’t have to start with the scratch. You know how you can know that water you are drinking is safe from chemicals.
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