As a first world nation, it’s easy to take water quality for granted. While it’s true that the EPA has strict regulations for public drinking water, that doesn’t mean that all sources of water are equally safe.
Safety and Quality Concerns
If you rely on privately sourced water — like well water — it is your responsibility to test and manage the water quality. Dirty or contaminated water is cause for great concern, as common contaminants like fecal bacteria, pesticides, mercury, lead, nitrates, and other chemicals and organisms can cause serious illness.
However, even if you rely on quality-regulated public water, there are milder quality issues that you may wish to investigate. Comparatively minor issues like hard water, water with slight impurity concerns that result in stained fabric, or water with a slightly distasteful flavor are all hazards that may prompt you to test your water.
Getting the hard facts — through testing — about your water’s quality can help you choose the best course of action for resolving any issues you may face.... read more