Let’s face it. Testing your home’s water simply isn’t on the top of your mind. With all of the other chores and tasks around the house, you probably aren’t thinking about what is coming out of your faucet. But think again. Water is a vital part of our daily lives. If we spend hundreds of dollars on organic fruits and vegetables, hormone-free milk and local meats because what we put in our body matters, why wouldn’t we do the same with the one thing that counts in our diet? Here are three reasons why you should test your tap:
1. Health Risks Caused By Water Contamination
Water contamination poses large health risks especially for children and pregnant women. For example, some of the health effects of lead contamination include delays in physical and mental development, damage to learning capabilities, high blood pressure and kidney problems. According to the EPA, there is no safe level for lead to be consumed.
2. What Happens Between The Treatment Plant & Your Home
Although city water is tested at a treatment plant, the composition of your water can change by the time it reaches your tap. Water utility companies do their best to ensure that water is clean and safe as it leaves their facilities, but most contamination actually occurs from corrosion in individual home service lines. Take matters into your own hands, and find out what really happens between the treatment center and your home.
3. Private Water Systems Are Not Regulated
Water testing is extremely important especially for those homes on private water systems. The EPA, unlike homes on city water, does not regulate private water systems or private wells. Private wells are naturally susceptible to contamination by various chemicals and minerals such as arsenic and nitrate due to agricultural runoff, fertilizers and animal waste. Because wells are not federally regulated, it is up to every homeowner to ensure their water is tested and safe for consumption.
Make sure you are not at risk. Get to know your water with 120WaterAudit and request a test today!
Blog by Mary Wessel