How do you know if the water coming out of your faucet is safe? You’ve heard all the stories recently in the news about contaminated water with bacteria, lead, and pollutants. There is a wealth of information from verified organizations you can access to better educate and resolve water issues you face within your home. It’s a matter of knowing where to research to find what is in your home’s water.
- If your home is on city water, the city is required by law to test the water on a regular basis. Every water supplier is required by law to provide each homeowner a Consumer Confidence Report before July 1st each year, which is an annual water report detailing any contaminants in the water and at what level they tested and what health risk they pose for your family. Another method to find a CCR is to go to the water supplier’s website or contact your water supplier directly and request a CCR. Keep in mind, water testing is tested at the water plant and test results may be different then what is supplied at your home. Why? The water has to travel through underground pipes, which can alter the water chemistry, which leads us to our next way to understand your home’s water better.
- Contact a local water professional in your area and have them test your water at your home. The Water Quality Association (WQA) is a great resource to find a local water professional in your area. Most water professionals will test on site for hardness, iron, total dissolved solids, chlorine, and/or hydrogen sulfide. If extensive testing is required for contaminants such as lead or arsenic, then reach out to a certified lab in your area.
- If your home’s water is supplied through a private water well, then you will have to do some extra research. Unfortunately, testing water for private wells is not required and is left to the homeowner to handle. It is best to contact your local water professional or have your water tested at a certified lab in your area.
- Once you have your water test results, you can do your own research. The WQA and/or EPA are great consumer resources to find information about certain contaminants in water. Another resource is the EPA list of water contaminants. Keep in mind where you are getting your information from. Make sure the information you are seeking is verified by a reputable organization and/or company. There is a lot of information floating within our environment and not everything is true! Again, don’t hesitate to contact your local water professional to discuss issues that pertain to your area. Not all water is the same and not every region deals with the same issues, so your water professional is sometimes best.