Keep Your Home’s Water Clean All Year
The water coming out of your tap may not be as merry and bright as it may appear. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) states that it is reasonable to expect drinking water to contain at least a small number of contaminants.
While small amounts of some contaminants may not be harmful, do you really want to drink it? Also, consuming water with a foul odor or bad aftertaste is not a pleasant experience. The only way for consumers to know what’s in their tap water at home is to obtain a water test.
Get a Water Test
There are a variety of home test kits available for purchase that can test for several common impurities. Alternatively, The Water Source offers a comprehensive in-home water test at no charge. It’s a more sensitive and inclusive analysis than home test kits found at major retailers. Once we identify the impurities, we’ll let you know how to remove them from your water safely.
Learn About the Contaminants in Your Water
The following is a list of five common contaminants that may be present in your tap water.
Ammonia: Ammonia is a smelly, colorless gas that commonly enters the water supply through industrial waste runoff that contains fertilizers and ammonia. It is more prevalent in water wells near rural or farming communities.
Arsenic: Arsenic is a naturally occurring compound found in groundwater. It is toxic in elevated amounts. Despite public water treatment, it is not unusual for trace amounts to be present in municipal water systems.
Bacteria and Viruses: single-celled organisms and parasitic microbes can enter the groundwater and private wells, causing illness. Some viruses are resistant to public water disinfection, and small quantities may be present in tap water.
Chlorine and Chloramine: Chloramine and chlorine are chemicals that many municipal water treatment plants use for water disinfection. Chloramine is sometimes used instead of chlorine. Both chlorine and chloramine are harmful to kidney dialysis machines and must be removed before the water enters the equipment.
Lead: Lead is unsafe to consume in any quantity. It typically enters the home through underground water pipes that are rusting or corroding.
Invest in a Water Filtration System
Whether your water is from a private well or municipal water supply, a water filtration system is an appliance that every home needs. It filters out potentially harmful impurities and contaminants, ensuring that you are consuming safe and pure water. Our water filtration systems use a reverse-osmosis (RO) process, which forces the water through a semi-permeable membrane that traps arsenic, chlorine, lead, bacteria, and other contaminants. It also removes the metals and minerals like calcium, manganese, and magnesium that cause hard water problems. The clean and pure water is then distributed to every faucet and tap in a whole-home system. Single tank and multi-tank filtration options are available to meet any size household demands all year long. Compact under sink water filtration units is also available.