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I ap­pre­ci­ate your bring­ing such questions to the fore­front as “How Toxic Is Our Food?” (id #30) and “How Un­safe Is Our Food?” (id #03). We often as­sume these things are reg­u­lated and there­fore, not of con­cern. After do­ing a lit­tle dig­ging, we as con­sumers find that we do need to ed­u­cate and pro­tect our­selves. What about our drink­ing water? Just as we have to con­sume food every day for nour­ish­ment, our bod­ies also re­quire water to func­tion. Re­cently there’s been much con­cern about con­tam­i­nants that are found in wells and water sources through­out the coun­try. Many wells have been found to con­tain ar­senic, lead, bac­te­ria, and other se­ri­ous con­tam­i­nants that can cause ill­nesses and life-threat­en­ing, long-term health prob­lems. Even our pub­lic water sources may not be safe.

In na­tional news, not long ago a state of emer­gency had to be de­clared in Flint, Michi­gan. The sit­u­a­tion in­volves law­suits and in­ves­ti­ga­tions of mis­man­age­ment due to un­safe lev­els of lead in the pub­lic drink­ing water sup­ply, and the re­sult has been a se­ri­ous pub­lic health threat. How can we pro­tect our­selves? The U.S. En­vi­ron­men­tal Pro­tec­tion Agency (EPA) rec­om­mends test­ing your water an­nu­ally through an ac­cred­ited lab­o­ra­tory. If you’d like more in­for­ma­tion or want to dis­cuss spe­cific con­cerns, you can call us at 866-866- 6700 or visit our web­site, www.h2otest.com. Owner & In-house Water Qual­ity Specialist, Sub­ur­ban Prop­erty In­spec­tions Richard C. Stump, II,

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