People debate whether tap water is safe for drinking or whether we should all just stick to bottled water only. In America, tap water is regulated by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to be safe to drink from the faucet. Our tap water, being treated, is much safer than most water around the world, though it is still not perfect.
Not too long ago, we were alerted to the Flint, Michigan Water Crisis, where a change in water source led to contaminated drinking water containing lead and other harmful toxins. There have also been studies showing concerning levels of chromium-6 in drinking water that nearly 200 million Americans drink.
These are concerning circumstances, so while our drinking water may be regulated, there are instances where it can be harmful to consume. As such, if you choose to drink tap water from your faucet, it’s important to do so safely.
Information is powerful and can go a long way when your health is concerned. One way you can ensure you’re only drinking safe tap water is by checking the EWG’s tap water database regularly. This is an independent testing company, so you can trust their results. Companies like National Water Service can provide testing strips.
All you have to do is go to their website, enter your zip code, and you’ll be led to a report about any possible contaminants, so you can accurately determine whether you’ll be drinking from the tap or opting for bottled water.
Run Water Before Filling Up
If you live in an older home, there may be lead solder, as the piping would likely be very old. Homes built prior to 1986 have a good chance of having lead in the piping. After you turn the tap on, allow it to run for a minute before drinking. This will help reduce the chances of ingesting any runoff from the pipelines. Here is a step by step guide on who to properly do it.
Install a Water Filter
It’s better to be safe than sorry. Even if you live in an area where the water is deemed clean and safe for drinking, consider adding the extra precaution of a water filter. This is a quick and easy way to ensure that all the water coming from your faucet has gone through some extra cleansing and is safe to drink or cool with.
You can install filters right to your faucets throughout your home or you may consider using filtered bottles. These filters are also a great idea for anyone who doesn’t like the taste of tap water.
Consider Boiling Water
Boiling water is an additional precaution you can take to ensure the safety of your tap water for drinking. Use cold water when boiling or drinking. Hot water contains more dissolved minerals from your pipes, so there’s more of a chance of having some remnants of the elements you are trying to remove. It is important to remember, boiling water kills germs and bacteria, but will not remove any toxic chemicals.
Fortunately, we live in a part of the world that has fluoride treated tap water, which is much cleaner than in many other parts. We are at a unique advantage when it comes to the water available to us. However, just because our water is deemed drinkable does not mean we should neglect to take extra precautions. Installing a filter on faucets you drink from or use water to cook with takes only a few moments of your time and can make such an impact. We have been hearing in the news about harmful chemicals in tap water or increased levels of chemicals in treated water, which should be very alarming. It only takes one drink to make someone sick, so always stay informed and make sure you go the extra mile to ensure your drinking water is safe for you and your family.