Many people drink out of their kitchen tap every day and never stop to consider the quality of their water. Most people assume as long as it’s clear and has no odor that’s it pure and safe for them and their families to drink. However, there may be hidden dangers in your tap water and the best way to protect yourself and your family is to remain aware of the quality of your city’s water, even when there doesn’t seem to be a problem.
Obtaining Water Purity Reports
Most states send out water purity reports annually, but if you’re concerned about the purity of your water month by month, you can request a report from your local water utility more frequently. While most states don’t charge for extra reports, the rules vary from city to city, so it’s always a good idea to ask about any charges the city may add to your bill. Last thing you want is to ask for a payday loan! You can also find out information about your drinking water online. The National Drinking Water Database is a free service that allows you to search for water quality reports in your area. There are charts that project which contaminants have been detected and whether the levels of the chemicals that are found are deemed safe by federal and local officials.
If you’re concerned about the quality of your city’s drinking water, then you can get involved by attending city council meetings, where local city officials allow citizens to speak their minds and ask questions. You can bring water quality reports to their attention and be sure to do your research before you speak at a city council meeting. Be sure to have a short list of questions prepared as well. Your voice and advocacy counts when it comes to having quality drinking water, so never be afraid to get involved.