How to Tell if Your Water Supply is Safe for Drinking
When it comes to healthy living, there are so many considerations that need to be taken. Everything you do, from the food you eat to how long you sit at a desk every day and the type of water you drink is surrounded by all sorts of opinions, research and fads. When it comes to your drinking water, there is one thing that remains constant, however, and that is ensuring it’s safe enough to drink.
While this may sound simple enough, your senses can only alert you to the more unappetizing things elements in your glass of water, such as sulphur or an excess of chlorine. Worryingly, it’s the most serious – and most common – contaminants that could be lurking in water and can’t be tasted, smelled or seen.
In an effort to equip you with the knowledge you need to safeguard yourself and your family against these hidden threats, we’re going to take a look at how you can tell if your water supply is safe for drinking.
Know your rights
If you are on a municipal water line, we advise that you call your local water supplier on the number listed on your water bill. By law, these suppliers must meet governmental requirements and process their water regularly. They ought to also supply you with the details of these processes at your request. Many municipalities now even make their reports available online in order to facilitate transparency when it comes to the purity of the drinking water they provide.
Get it tested
If you would like to assess the actual water that runs out of your tap at home, contact a local agency and request a test. Such assessments are used to determine whether contaminants are entering into your water between its release from the treatment plant and the taps in your home. If you can’t find a municipal supplier to do the test, contact a certified lab to do so.
Do it yourself
If you’d like to test your water yourself, you can use one of the many home testing kits that are on the market. It must be said that these kits can’t test for everything, but they can detect such harmful substances as lead, arsenic, bacteria and pesticide.
If you do choose to do the test yourself, make sure you test what is referred to as “first-draw water” – this is the water that comes out of the tap as soon as you turn it on in the morning. The purpose for this is to observe whether the contaminants entering your supply are being leached from the plumbing pipes, as the level of contamination will be at its highest once the water has sat in the pipes all night.