6 tips for making sure your drinking water is safe and healthy

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How often have you seen these statements? “Drink more water!” “Stay hydrated!” “If you do not drink eight glasses of water a day, you are not getting enough fluids!” Although you know the human body needs water to thrive, you do not see many concerns about safe, healthy drinking water in first-world countries. This is considered to be a non-issue. However, many homes have drinking water that is not sanitary or is contaminated.

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6 tips to ensure your drinking water is safe

Although your water may not make you immediately sick after drinking it, this does not mean it is healthy or safe. Depending on where you are located, how your water is sourced and what type of environmental and plumbing factors are involved, your drinking water can range from downright nasty to pure. It is up to you to make sure it falls into the latter category. The following tips can help you verify and improve the quality of your water.

1. Protect your community’s water

Ensuring your drinking water is safe starts with a community effort. All of the members of the community must protect their water supply. This means being careful about what you are putting down the drain and making sure storm drains and gutters are not exposed to harmful chemicals and substances. Some tips for protecting the community water supply include not using antibacterial soaps or cleaning products, never flushing medications down the drain, avoiding the use of harmful pesticides or chemical fertilizers and cleaning up after your pets.

2. Call the plumber

Do you suspect your pipes may be corroded? Do you have water leaks? Have you noticed a problem with water pressure or leaky taps? Plumbing issues cause more than water damage. They can also lead to contamination of the water coming into your house. You should always have a plumber on speed dial and never delay fixing a problem.

3. Test your water

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One of the best ways to make sure your water is healthy is to test it. There are many different water testing kits available online and at home improvement stores. However, if you want to leave it to the professionals, then it is also an option. Certain professional services will test your water and send the data to a lab for a detailed analysis. This is the best way to see exactly what is in your water.

4. Use a purifying filter

If you find that your water has issues or simply want peace of mind, then you can filter your tap water. There are dozens of different reputable filters on the market, so do your research and find the one that fits your budget and needs. If you do not want a filter on your tap, you may choose to purchase carbon filter pitchers which allow you to store treated water.

5. Understand if you are high-risk

According to the EPA, certain individuals are more vulnerable to water contaminants. These include children and infants, pregnant mothers, transplant patients, people undergoing chemotherapy and patients with HIV or AIDS.

6. Boil your water

If the county sends out a notification that your local water supply has been contaminated, it may request that you boil your water until you have been notified that the issue is fixed. Boiling water is a safe way to remove contaminants. However, it is important to note that boiling water does not eliminate nitrates, lead or pesticides.

Do not wait to take action

It is important that you take action and check your water at home. Although your water may taste fine and may not make you immediately sick, this does not mean it is clean, safe or healthy. Your family’s health is too important to ignore this issue.

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