Find Out the Truth About Tap Water

The Morning Journal (Lorain, OH) - - SPORTS -

(Fam­ily Fea­tures) While the tap water you drink may look clean, it may con­tain harm­ful con­tam­i­nants like lead, pes­ti­cides and in­dus­trial pol­lu­tants. These and oth­ers may be picked up on the jour­ney from your water treat­ment plant through miles of pipes to your home.

To help clear up any mis­con­cep­tions about what’s re­ally in your water, the ex­perts at PUR of­fer this myth-bust­ing ad­vice:

Myth: Liv­ing close to a fresh water source makes tap water safer to drink.

Truth: Even if you live close to a fresh water source, your water goes on a long jour­ney through an of­ten ag­ing in­fra­struc­ture be­fore it reaches your tap. Ac­cord­ing to En­vi­ron­men­tal Health & En­gi­neer­ing, Inc., up to 10 mil­lion lead ser­vice lines are still in use in the coun­try to­day, po­ten­tially al­low­ing lead par­ti­cles to en­ter into your water.

Myth: The En­vi­ron­men­tal Pro­tec­tion Agency (EPA) reg­u­lates all con­tam­i­nants.

Truth: There are about 100,000 po­ten­tial con­tam­i­nants in drink­ing water. Ac­cord­ing to the EPA, its Safe Drink­ing Water Act only reg­u­lates 103. That means water that meets the gov­ern­ment’s safe drink­ing stan­dards may not meet yours.

Myth: All water fil­ters are cre­ated equal.

Truth: While both pitcher and faucet fil­ters re­move un­wanted con­tam­i­nants, a faucet fil­ter is usu­ally a step up from a pitcher be­cause it has a longer life and can re­move even more con­tam­i­nants, in­clud­ing lead. As ev­ery brand is dif­fer­ent, it’s im­por­tant to check the types of con­tam­i­nants each fil­ter re­moves and con­firm it is cer­ti­fied by NSF and the Water Qual­ity As­so­ci­a­tion for con­tam­i­na­tion re­duc­tion. Do­ing so can help you get the health­i­est, clean­est tast­ing water pos­si­ble.

Myth: You can de­ter­mine if tap water is safe to drink by how it looks, smells and tastes.

Truth: While your water might look, smell and taste clean, it could con­tain con­tam­i­nants that are po­ten­tially harm­ful to your health, like lead, which is col­or­less, odor­less and has no taste.

“Know­ing what’s in the water you drink and cook with is im­por­tant, but de­ter­min­ing the qual­ity of your lo­cal water sup­ply can seem daunt­ing,” said Keri Glass­man, reg­is­tered di­eti­tian, nutri­tion­ist and PUR spokesper­son. “For­tu­nately, there’s a free on­line re­source called KnowYourWater.com that al­lows users to type in any ad­dress to eas­ily learn about lead and other pos­si­ble con­tam­i­nants in their water.”

Myth: Boil­ing water re­moves lead.

Truth: Boil­ing water may re­duce bac­te­ria found in the water, but will not re­move lead. Ac­cord­ing to the Cen­ters for Dis­ease Con­trol and Pre­ven­tion, the lead con­cen­tra­tion of water can ac­tu­ally in­crease slightly when water is boiled be­cause some of the water evap­o­rates dur­ing the boil­ing process.

Myth: Drink­ing fil­tered water is ex­pen­sive.

Truth: Us­ing a faucet fil­tra­tion sys­tem for one year is com­pa­ra­ble in cost to pur­chas­ing enough bot­tled water to last only two months. An op­tion like the PUR Ad­vanced Faucet Fil­tra­tion Sys­tem is an on-de­mand so­lu­tion for fil­tered water right from the tap and is cer­ti­fied to re­duce over 70 con­tam­i­nants, in­clud­ing 99 per­cent of lead, 96 per­cent of mer­cury and 92 per­cent of cer­tain pes­ti­cides.

Get your in­di­vid­ual water qual­ity re­port and learn more at KnowYourWater.com.

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