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How Clean is my Drinking Water?

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Clean drinking water is important to everyone and ensuring that your water is clean and safe is something that you should undertake. We have all seen the warnings on the news about toxins, bacteria, pollutants and other nasty additives that should not be ingested. Water filter installation in Sydney and Adelaide is skyrocketing because both cities have major issues with water quality. How do you know if that water that you dispense from your kitchen tap is safe to drink? First, you need to find the right information about your water and here are some things you can do to get that information:


  1. Call the Water Company. If you are on utility water, there is a certain amount of information that they need to provide you with. Every year they need to complete a water quality report that describes exactly what contaminants may be in your water as well as letting you know what type of risks they might pose to your health. The most recent report should be posted on your utility’s website even if you must do a little bit of digging to find the information.


  1. In Australia, there are Australian Drinking Water Guidelines to ensure that the water supply is safe and that the water supply does not exceed pre-defined levels of toxins and pollutants so that it is safe for human consumption. All water suppliers must carry out quality assurance tests on a routine basis. Water utilities are owned by local or state governments and must be regulated by those government bodies, you can get more information if you look up your city to find out what their guidelines are. The standards of water treatment are high due to regulation and regular testing.


  1. Research specific contaminants. Once you have the data with respect to your water quality, you can take it further and look up the concerns surrounding the chemicals that are listed in a chemical database. There is plenty of information available regarding contaminants and how they might affect you but remember that much of that information is supplied by companies that are in business to make money from testing your water and they have an interest in making you anxious about your water supply.


  1. If your water is supplied from a well, then you are completely responsible for the supply and drinking it. You should consider having it tested on a regular basis if you are concerned about its safety. If your local area government does not have a page that is helpful in providing you with information about private drinking water than get in touch with your state governmental body to inquire if their information is more up to date.


  1. The only way to be 100% sure that your drinking water is safe it to test it yourself. Water can dissolve many chemicals and minerals and transport contaminants. The Department of Health endorses chemical and microbiological tests that are contained in the Standard Drinking Water Test. This test will tell you if your water is suitable to be used for food preparation and if you can drink it. It will also let you know what the levels of contaminants are in your water and what the quality is of your water.


You can get in touch with a local reliable plumbing company that can take care of your needs. RP Plumbing is local and has taken care of many residential water tests for homeowners. If you are concerned about the quality of your water and would like to have it tested, get in touch with us, we are happy to come to your home and examine your water system as well as determine if the water should be tested for safety. It is likely that your drinking water is perfectly safe and fine to drink. If there are ever any concerns that you should know about the government is fast to alert the public and advise them of a boil water advisory if necessary.


You can generally rely upon your drinking water supply 99.9% of the time without any serious concerns. Public utilities that supply drinking water to residences treat the water supply before it is available for people to use. The water is filtered, cleaned of impurities and is fit to be consumed by you from the comfort of your own home. There is not much reason to be concerned about water supply safety because it is constantly tested for safety. If you need more information, you can get in touch with your local water utility company and ask them questions or explore their website to get the most up to date information about your water supply.


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