If you’re planning a health kick, your first thought may be to eat more salads. Even if you buy organic, you’re likely to bring your produce home and wash it before you make it into a delicious salad. Unfortunately, this may mean that you are inadvertently adding chemicals to your salad.
Washing in Tap Water
Even if you have a filter pitcher, you’re not likely to use it to wash your fresh veggies. This can mean that any contaminants and chemicals in your tap water will be added to your salad, compromising the health benefits of those delicious salad greens. In the same way that cooking with tap water can affect your dishes, washing in tap water could be inadvertently ruining your salad.
The Contaminants in Tap Water
If you have a municipal water supply, it is regulated by the EPA. This means that contaminant levels are monitored, and utility companies need to take action if contaminant levels exceed the EPA maximums. Unfortunately, accidents happen and this can result in contaminants entering your water supply. You only need to consider the Flint Michigan water crisis to realize how dangerous this can be. Even if you have the best utility company with stringent standards, the treated water needs to travel through miles of pipe work to reach your home. This means that it can pick up metals and other contaminants from damaged pipes and line breaks. Additionally, chlorine and other chemicals are used to disinfect the water and kill bacteria, but traces can remain in the water when it reaches your home.
What’s In Your Water?
Utility companies are required to provide consumers with a water quality report each year. This is usually included in your water bill, and it will detail the levels of contaminants found in your water supply. If the levels are above the EPA Maximum Contaminant Level, the utility company will need to explain what actions were taken to resolve the issue. This can provide you with insight into the contaminants in your water, but remember that tests are not conducted at every minute of every day, so some contaminants can slip through the net and end up in your supply.
Keeping Your Salad Chemical Free
The best way to keep your salad and all your other healthy dishes free of chemicals is to install a water treatment system. These are available as under the counter devices or whole house systems. These systems can be tailored to remove the contaminants that are common in your geographical area including lead, nitrates, chlorine and other potentially unpleasant chemicals. A water treatment system will ensure that all the water from your kitchen faucet is free of chemicals and you can wash your salads with confidence.
If you have concerns about contaminants in your water, you need to speak to a water treatment professional. A fully WQA certified technician can not only test your water, but also provide guidance on the various treatment options that are best suited to your specific water quality issues.
By Terry Reeh, EcoWater Systems of Nebraska.
With more than 25 years experience in the residential and commercial water treatment space, Terry is a WQA (Water Quality Association) certified water specialist, LEVEL 3, as well as a WQA certified sales representative. Terry currently sits on EcoWater Systems (a Berkshire Hathaway Company) national Peers committee, as a water treatment expert advising other water professionals with less experience on best trade and technology practices. EcoWater Systems of Nebraska is one of the biggest water treatment and water delivery businesses in the state.