While the quality of water will vary between homes, there are a few ways to start sipping more soundly.
Firstly, contact the local Public Water Supply for a Consumer Confidence Report and ask about further testing options. Also, try these simple tips to reduce lead (one of the most dangerous but preventable toxins) in drinking water:
Run It. – When a particular faucet hasn’t been used for six hours or more, “flush” the cold water pipes by running the water until it becomes as cold as it will get.
Drink Cold. – For drinking, cooking, and preparing baby formula, always reach for the cold water tap. Hot water is likely to contain higher levels of lead and copper.
Take a Sniff. – Smell rotten eggs, chemicals, or an earthy or metallic-type odor? Consult this troubleshooting resource or contact the local public water department if the problem isn’t described.
Go Filtered. – Pregnant women, children under the age of 6, and those with weak immune systems should opt for filtered water to keep harmful contaminants away.
Of course, bottled water is always an alternative to tap (albeit a pricier one), just remember that not every bottle comes “straight from the source. ” Some bottled brands are simply purified tap water — or not even purified at all.
But in areas with good quality drinking water, and after taking all the recommended precautions, there should be little to worry about when it comes to tap. Studies show there might even be some pluses, such as natural mineral content like calcium, magnesium, and sodium, which could be beneficial to some individuals. So if the tap at home makes the grade, drink up!