What’s in your tap water?
What’s in your drinking water?
How much do we really know about the drinking water that flows out of our faucets? We drink, bathe, cook, and clean with it, but lead, bacteria, and nitrates can still make their way into water supplies.
A closer look.
Before we quench our thirst, most H2O undergoes an important disinfection process, destroying most harmful organisms like bacteria and parasites. Tap water comes from places: surface water (including reservoirs, rivers, and lakes) or groundwater (from deep wells).
It’s important to understand that chlorination won’t kill off every bad guy, and some disease-carrying germs can still pollute surface water — and ultimately tap water — through the stool of infected animals or people (yuk!).
Some other concerning findings are nitrates and other chemicals from fertilizer and pesticide runoff, arsenic (from erosion, orchard runoff, and industrial waste) and sometimes even rocket fuel!
Water quality can vary between homes, and there are a few things you can do to feel a little better about your water. First, contact the local Public Water Supply for what is known as a Consumer Confidence Water Report, and ask about further testing options if data is limited.
Also, try some of these simple tips to reduce lead and other toxins in your drinking water:
- Go with filtered – Install a filtered water system in your home or office.
- Drink cold water – Hot water can have higher levels of lead.
- Get tested – Have a professional perform free water testing to see how clean it is (or not).
The most important point is to know what your drinking and when possible make sure it’s clean, fresh, healthy drinking water.