The human body is comprised of 60% water. Water is integral to a human’s survival, but if certain chemicals or bacteria enter your drinking water, there could be trouble.
Find out what you should know about your tap water and how you can help keep it clean.
1. Fluoride Is Good
Is too much fluoride in your water bad? Many people assume it is. However, fluoride doesn’t harm drinking water. In fact, it’s a natural mineral that is found in some degree within all water.
Only trace amounts of fluoride are in natural sources. Therefore, municipalities may add extra fluoride to tap water because it strengthens teeth and enamel. The added levels are safe and aid in preventing tooth decay.
2. It’s Checked More Than Bottled Water
It’s a prevalent myth that bottled water is safer than tap water. Officials test water from municipalities much more frequently than the bottled water industries, which have fewer regulations.
Multiple tests demonstrate that tap water is just as safe or even safer than bottled water, and it costs one thousand times less.
3. Discoloration May Mean Trouble
Discoloration in water is usually a sign that a change has occurred, but the water may not necessarily be harmful. Low levels of oxidized manganese or iron, for instance, have no health repercussions.
In fact, rust only becomes harmful when bacteria or other toxins are added to the mix or the levels increase, but rust does impact the taste and appearance of water.
But that doesn’t mean residents should disregard discolored water. Water that is not clear can be due to several factors, including:
- Rusted or new piping
- A new water source
- Bacteria, mold or algae
- Copper or brass
Always have your water tested to ensure it is safe to drink and replace aged plumbing.
4. Run the Water Before Filling Your Cup
Does it really help anything to run the water before filling up your glass? This is yet another adage about water, but it is an accurate one.
Stagnant water harbors bacteria, meaning when water sits overnight or stays still during a vacation, it can become harmful. Running the faucet for 60 seconds eliminates most of these bacteria and reduces the chance of consuming lead. Individuals who have lead service lines should run their water for 3-5 minutes before consuming it.
5. Filters Work
If you’ve wondered whether your filter actually works, you may be relieved to learn it’s doing its job.
Although water treatment plants remove harmful chemicals and contaminants from your water, filters provide an extra layer of protection. They can filter lead, chlorine, zinc, heavy metals, pharmaceuticals and more.
Check for the NSF certification that details what chemicals the filter blocks.
If your plumbing is in working order and your municipality controls your water, the chances are high your drinking water is safe. Sip at your glass of water with relish, and enjoy the benefits tap offers.