How You Can Ensure Your Drinking Water is Safe

Water is essential for our survival as a species, and it’s a daily essential to help maintain our bodies and minds. As a reputable plumber that serves Maple Shade and its surrounding areas, we work hard to make sure that all of our customers have access to clean, pure water. In this blog, we’d like to shed some light on how our customers can better determine if their drinking water is safe. 

In fact, there are three ways that you can do this: 

Find Out How Your Water is Tested

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has the right to establish levels of safety for contaminants in the public water supply. It’s a requirement of the EPA for your local water agency to test the water for safety regularly. How often this testing is carried out, and what types of tests are used, depends on the number of people using the water system. If you think that your drinking water is contaminated in any way, contact your water supplier or invest in a home testing kit.

Signs that water is contaminated include a change in taste, odor, or color. Many microbes are colorless and odorless, making them undetectable without sufficient water testing tools.

Find Out Where Your Water Comes From

Those of you who reside in a county or city where local water systems provide water can ask your water provider where it originates. This can help you to understand the risks in your area more clearly. Water is generally sourced from a reservoir, river, lake, or ground aquifer. Private well owners have their own responsibility to ensure that their water is clean and safe.

Educate Yourself on Common Water Contaminants

With hundreds of thousands of public water systems currently in the United States, millions of people source their tap water from a community system. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, these are the 10 most prevalent contaminants that get into these water systems:

  • Salmonella
  • Hepatitis A
  • Copper
  • E. Coli
  • Cryptosporidium
  • Giardia
  • Legionella
  • Campylobacter
  • Norovirus
  • Shigella

Most contaminant outbreaks are caused by norovirus, salmonella, or giardia. 

For additional information, or to schedule plumbing or HVAC services at your home in or around Maple Shade, please contact us at your earliest convenience!