The quality of your water is dependent upon a number of factors including; the source of water, weather patterns, seasons, the environmental influences on the watershed system, treatment facilities and processes, public infrastructure, plumbing systems, and home filtration system or lack thereof. Most people in the United States have access to good, potable water from their taps. In the past few years our water quality has come under increased scrutiny. Many studies have shown there is room for improvement in much of our water supply. There are approximately 16 million cases of gastroenteritis that occur in the US each year from contaminants in our community water systems (https://doi.org/10.1073/pnas.1719805115).
Contaminants found in our water supply can also include varying amounts of arsenic and lead. If you are interested in learning more about your water quality, you can call the Environmental Protection Agency’s Safe Drinking Water Hotline at 1-800-426-4791 or email them at safewater.zendesk.com. Platinum Plumbing will be happy to discuss your family’s water quality needs and find a solution to keep your family happy, healthy and safe.
Do run faucets that have been out of use or are infrequently used for about 5 minutes to help rinse buildup away and clear stagnant water.
Do clean aerators in your faucets monthly. Simply unscrew them and gently wash with hot soapy water, rinse and reinstall.
Do promptly address any issues with you notice with your water including; foul odors, cloudiness and visible contaminants.
Don’t rely on bottled water as your sole source of drinking water. Too many plastic bottles are bad for the environment and the micro plastics they release may pose a risk to people.
Don’t ignore boil water advisories.
Don’t use hot water from the tap for bottles, drinking or cooking. Hot water dissolves contaminants in pipes more quickly than cold water. Use cold water from the tap and then heat when it is to be consumed.