If you’ve recently become interested in the health of your water or you’re considering buying a home in a new area, you may be wondering how you can find water information about your drinking water supplies. We all need good quality drinking water for optimal health and wellbeing, and poor quality water can even have a detrimental effect on our plumbing, dishwashing, and laundry. If you discover that your local water quality isn’t good enough, don’t worry, there are plenty of water treatment options that you can install in your own home. Let’s take a look at how you can find out more about your water quality.
The Annual Water Quality Report
Every water supplier has to issue an annual water quality report its consumers. This is a consumer confidence report, and it’s usually sent to customers in June. The report will highlight any current issues with your water quality. This report will tell you where the tested water was sourced, the contaminants present and their concentrations. The report will usually be included in your water bill, but certain municipal water suppliers may send it out separately so keep an eye out for it in the mail.
The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Data
The EPA has the responsibility to monitor and regulate municipal drinking water supplies. They set Maximum Contaminant Levels (MCLs) for a wide variety of contaminants and then grade them on a scale. Certain dangerous contaminants may have an MCL of zero; this is reserved for pollutants such as arsenic and lead. Other contaminants have an MCL that’s deemed safe unless it’s found to be present above the stated MCL. All of this data is available on the EPA website, look for the Local Drinking Water page and find your area for detailed water information. If you’re not sure about the science involved or terminology used, the EPA has a comprehensive FAQ section, and you can ask questions about the water in your area.
The United States Geological Survey (USGS) Data
The USGS has a great deal of data available on the water quality of surface water bodies in your area. If you visit the USGS website, there is a handy map, and you can select your area of interest there. This is a useful resource if you have concerns about the water quality in a particular waterway located near your home.
Drinking Contaminated Water
The EPA’s Office of Groundwater and Drinking Water has a fact sheet that shows you everything you need to know about a variety of drinking water contaminants. There are details about organic, chemical, viral and bacteriological contaminants, their MCLs, the symptoms of exposure and any health effects. This is an interesting read if you’ve discovered that there is a history of a certain contaminants in your water supply.
If you’re unhappy with your water quality contact a local water treatment professional for expert advice. There are many types of water treatment options available to secure cleaner and healthier water for your home.
By EcoWater Systems.
EcoWater Systems of Nebraska is the largest water treatment company in the state and is a member of Water Quality Association.