Tap water is absolutely acceptable for human consumption in most parts of the country, but there are some areas where the water is contaminated or too full of silt for our own benefit.
So, how can you tell if your water is contaminated with toxins, heavy metals, or other contaminants?
Here are a few methods to tell if the water you're drinking is safe:
Look up information on the National Drinking Water Database — The Environmental Working Group has created the “National Drinking Water Database,” which allows you to learn about the water quality in your city and ZIP code.
It’ll even let you know if your water company is supplying low-quality water to your home! Make sure your water is around the “legal limit” as well as the “healthy limit.”
Speak with your water company – The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) mandates your water provider to give you an annual Consumer Confidence Report, which details the quality of the water delivered to your home.
It informs you of any contaminants present in your water as well as any potential health hazards associated with those chemicals.
You may find the yearly report on the water company’s website (it’s uploaded before July 1st every year), or you can contact them and request that it be sent to your email.
Visit the Drinking Water Watch Program website — The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) offers the Drinking Water Watch Program to provide you with information about the quality of your drinking water.
Louisiana, Pennsylvania, and Indiana are among the 18 states that engage in this program. Check the website to check if your state is one of the 18 and to get a current assessment on your water quality.
Find out about well water — If your water originates from a well, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) provides a database of most of the country’s private wells.
You can discover more about any potential contaminants or health dangers by looking up information about the well that supplies your water.
Learn about pollutants – Once you’ve figured out what’s in your water, you’ll want to do some study to see what the risks are from each of these contaminants.
Learn about the different toxins, heavy metals, and minerals to see if you’re at risk or if they’re at a safe amount for you to consume.
Test it yourself – The EPA provides the Safe Water Hotline, which connects you with local water testing agencies. It’s worth investing in because the only way to know if your water is safe is to test it for yourself.