Canadians are lucky to live in a country that has some of the freshest water in the world. The process of getting that water from its source to your home can alter what is in it, though. That is why it is essential to figure out whether your tap water is clean enough for drinking. You should familiarize yourself with contaminants to look out for and the characteristics of clean drinking water.
If you are concerned about the water you are drinking for any reason, there are a few things you can do to get peace of mind about your water quality.
Use a water analysis kit
This is an affordable and easy way to determine that water quality in your home. Packages usually include several strips that change colour depending on the contaminates it detects. You can get different kits to test for different contaminants like chlorine, lead, bacteria, nitrates, pesticides, and many more. If you want a thorough examination, consult an independent lab about testing your water.
If you use well water, you should get it tested at least yearly. You should check more frequently than that if it has been contaminated before, there is someone in your household that is pregnant or nursing, if family members often get sick, there was a chemical spill near you, there have been repairs done to the well, or if the water looks, smells, or tastes different than usual.
These are the contaminants you should be aware of:
- Coliform bacteria
- Heavy metals
- Pesticides (especially atrazine, which is associated with several severe reproductive and endocrine effects)
- Total dissolved solids
- pH levels
- Volatile organic compounds
Even trace amounts of these contaminants can cause detrimental effects to your health over a long period of repeated exposure. That is why it is so important to know the chemical breakdown of your drinking water and take the necessary steps to keep it clean.
Invest in a water filtration system
This is the most effective way to ensure your water is free from impurities. There are several types of filter systems you can choose from depending on your household.
Replace filters on time
Water filtration systems are only useful if you maintain them properly. Be sure to follow the instructions for your filter by changing it when indicated. The filter stores all contaminates it traps and, if it gets too full, these contaminants can leak back into the water you drink or clog the filter and prevent water from flowing freely.
Contact your local government
Some municipalities are better at tracking water quality than others, but you should be able to get this information from your local government. There should be documentation detailing how many lead pipes are in your area and information about water infrastructure. Your government official may direct you to your local water utility, which should have an annual report about your water quality available to the public.
If you are concerned about the findings in this report or want to guarantee that the water your family consumes is of the highest quality, call Pure Northern Spring Water. Our water quality experts will make sure you have consistent access to the cleanest drinking water. We are located in Dawson Creek, BC or visit our website purenorthernspringwater.com.