We all take it for granted. But think, just for a moment, what an enormous undertaking it is to provide everyone with clear, clean, safe drinking water from our taps. Many older cities and towns have outdated infrastructures that can leech heavy metals such as lead and other potentially dangerous chemicals into our drinking water. The same rule applies to older homes, where the plumbing fixtures and pipes can be out-of-date and dangerous.
There are even dangers for homeowners who get their water from private or shared wells, which is susceptible to natural-occurring gases such as radon, or contamination from other dangers, such as fertilizers, landfill leaks or petroleum contamination.
Fortunately, there are a number of options for those who suspect their tap water might not be safe. First, have several water samples analyzed by a reputable laboratory (and consider doing so on a fairly regular basis, such as every two years). That'll provide homeowners with a blueprint. Next, depending on your needs, you can opt for a whole-house water filter, a tap-mounted filter, a free-standing filter, or just buy bottled water (leaving the tap water for showers, laundry and dishwashing uses).
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