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Posted on Jul 29, 2010

Don’t Local, State and Federal Regulations Protect Us From Tap Water Contamination?

A recent Gallup poll shows that water pollution is the number one environmental concern of Americans. It is only natural that we would be concerned about whether it is safe to consume tap water. Too often we hear reports of various kinds of pollutants which somehow make it past the city’s water purification system.

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) recommends that you ask your local officials to provide you with a copy of your town’s annual water quality report. This should give you an idea of what contaminants might be in your water. This doesn’t tell the whole story, however. It only measures the substances that they are required to regulate.

Hundreds of contaminants, including disinfectant byproducts and pharmaceuticals, are not even regulated in drinking water. For example, caffeine has been shown to be in the water supply in Seattle, where street vendors commonly dump unused coffee into the street sewers at the end of the day. Another factor is the condition and age of the pipes that deliver the water to your home. Your household water supply may be very different from the water that is tested at the processing plant.

There could be heavy metals like lead and mercury, toxic chemicals, or dangerous bacteria in the water that comes out of the tap. When the water smells funny or tastes bad it is easy to tell something could be wrong with it. Sometimes, however, the pollution is not detectable without the use of a chemistry kit.

This concern about the safety of tap water has helped to create a very profitable market in recent years for companies selling bottled water. It didn’t take long for many consumers to realize that paying for every ounce of water they drink can be a major hit on the family budget. The current economic downturn has made many consumers reconsider whether bottled water is their best option, along with the fact that water bottles contribute greatly to the pollution of the earth.

Fortunately for all of us, there is a better and much more affordable option. Installing a high-quality filter such as those from Aquasana on your kitchen faucet is not only easy to do, but much more cost effective than using store-bought water. Every time you fill a glass with water from your filtered tap, you’ll be saving money.

Another important benefit of installing a water filter on your kitchen tap is that the water you cook with will also be free of harmful contaminants. Most people who buy bottled water don’t think about what is in the water they use to boil potatoes or to steam broccoli.

Once you install a filter on your water faucet, you can cross bottled water off your grocery list for good. You can spend those dollars on other products that your family needs. In many cases, the savings you realize from not buying bottled water can more than pay for the expense of installing a kitchen faucet water filter to eliminate tap water contamination. You will feel confident that the water dispensed through your kitchen faucet is free of dangerous contaminants and safe for your family to drink.