How to Make Sure Your Drinking Water is Safe

Do you know how to make sure the water coming out of your home’s tap is safe to drink? If you don’t know, here we will talk about the importance of clean and healthy water.

Did you know that between 10% and 20% of Americans’ exposure to lead comes from contaminated water? Lead accumulates in the body over time and even low levels of lead can eventually become toxic to the body.

It doesn’t matter whether your water comes from a well on your property or from a public water system, putting your water to the test is the only way to make sure it is healthy to drink. Testing your water is especially important if your home has lead pipes or your non-plastic plumbing was installed before 1986. And there is no way to see, taste, or smell lead dissolved in water.

Safe levels of lead in the water should be below 15 parts per billion. If you have well water, it is important to test that water when the well is new and then again when there is a pregnant woman, an infant, or even a child under the age of 18 living in the home.

The only way to really know the quality of the water coming out of your faucet is by testing it, either by asking your local water supplier to do the sampling or by purchasing a lead testing kit from your local home improvement store.

If you are conducting your own home test, it is important to:

  • Follow the testing directions carefully

  • Use “first draw water” in the testing, which is the very first water coming out of your faucet after sitting overnight

  • Send the water sample to a state-certified laboratory. You can find those certified labs here.

How to Reduce Your Exposure to Lead in Drinking Water

  • Some faucet and pitcher filters can remove lead from drinking water.

  • Run your tap before drinking for 15 to 30 seconds especially if it hasn’t been used for more than six hours.

  • Clean your faucet’s screen where minerals can build up.

  • Use cold water to mix with baby formula.

  • Have children or the elderly in the home tested for lead exposure in their blood.

  • Cook with cold water. Lead is likely to be highest in hot water.

Lead Water Test Kit

If your testing finds lead in your home, you may need to replace fixtures and pipes that are causing the contamination. The experts at JCN Plumbing can help you with pipe replacement or whole house re-piping.

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