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Posted on Oct 26, 2010

How Can I Use Government Reporting Information About Local Water Quality?

It is important to know the quality of your tap water. We use water throughout the day for many different things. If we do not have pure, clean water, that could result in some serious consequences. Many people use their tap water without thinking about its quality. It is used for drinking, bathing, cooking, and cleaning.

How can we know the quality of our tap water? Community water systems are required by law to produce an annual water quality report for the people they serve. This report is called the Consumer Confidence Report or CCR. This report includes almost everything you need to know regarding your tap water, such as where the water is from, types of contaminants that are found in the water, levels of these contaminants found in the water, and how these factors could affect your health.

Not all public water systems are required to furnish this annual report. If your water provider is not a community water system, then they are exempt from this requirement. That does not mean that you cannot know more about the quality of your water. You can still call your non-community water system to find out more about your water. You have a right to know what is in the water you drink, so it doesn’t hurt to ask.

Sometimes, the CCR report is only available to those who receive the actual water bill. Because of this, many renters do not get to see this information. If you are in such a situation, you can still find this information. It is likely that the CCR is available in other forms, such as online or in a newspaper or posted in a public area like the cafeteria or the lunch room of a public facility. The water provider can also include you in the mailing list of CCRs by request. Apartment buildings, nursing homes, schools, and private businesses can receive CCRs in their main office. Because of this, you can get a copy of this report when it is sent to them. It is just a matter of knowing who to ask.

By knowing the water quality of your tap water, you have a thorough understanding of what you are taking into your body. You can carefully assess if you want to subject yourself to the level of contamination that is in the tap water of your community. Knowing more about your water can also help you decide what the best purification solution is for you.

No water purification system can deal with all the contaminants in our environment, so the best thing you can do is to choose a system that effectively deals with the specific contaminants found in your water. If your water has too much fluoride, then find a water purifying system that can combat fluoride. If it has too much pesticide residue, then find a system that deals with this specifically. There are also systems available that are great in dealing with the unpleasant tastes and smells in water.

After you read your CCR, take a look at the water filter systems provided by Aquasana. They have a wide range and variety of filters that can deal with different water quality issues. By trusting your water quality to Aquasana, you will have the best water possible at a price you can afford.


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