UN Water Stats (and Why Your Water Needs to be Safe to Drink)
Summary: Access to clean drinking water is a privilege that everyone deserves, but not many can realize. It is important to ensure that your water is safe by conducting regular tests to discover what exactly is in your water supply.
If you live in the United States, chances are you have access to clean water. Although those of us with access are all extremely fortunate for this fact, have you ever stopped to consider the quality of your water? Even water supplied by municipal sources within the U.S. needs to be tested regularly in order to ensure that it is safe to drink.
Why Must I Test My Water?
Water is considered the “universal solvent;” this means that water wants to dissolve anything that it comes into contact with – including rock formations underground, which contain minerals, or the pipes that water flows through to get to your tap. As anything that water comes into contact with has an effect on what is in it, regular water testing should be part of your routine. Even municipal water supplies can contain dangerous additives or bacteria that you should not ingest.
If you are on your city’s water supply, municipalities are required to perform analysis based on the Safe Water Drinking Act (SDWA). However, these municipalities are testing the water that leaves their facility, not what comes out of your kitchen tap. Water quality can vary greatly, based upon natural fluctuations in the water source, as well as the types of treatment techniques utilized by the local water department.
UN Water Statistics
Ultimately, you are responsible for ensuring that your water is safe to drink. According to the United Nations World Water Development Report (WWDR), “Globally, it is likely that over 80% of wastewater is released to the environment without adequate treatment (UNESCO, 2017)”. In addition, “1.8 billion people use a source of drinking water contaminated with faeces, putting them at risk of contracting cholera, dysentery, typhoid and polio. (WHO/UNICEF 2015)”. The only way to be sure that the water that you drink and use on a daily basis is safe is to regularly test it. Without access to safe drinking water, you risk the health of yourself and your family.
Keeping Your Family Safe
The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and The National Groundwater Association (NGWA) recommend that citizens test their water annually, which is a good frame of reference to abide by. If at any point during that year you notice a change in taste, color or odor, you should test your water immediately. Especially if you are on a private well, as there are no standard regulations that require regular testing of the water supply. With a well, you are responsible for ensuring that your water is safe to drink. The EPA recommends testing your water at least once a year for bacteria and nitrates, but if you have specific problems (like living near a feedlot or a recently flooded zone) monitor your water supply regularly.
AquaKnow is Here to Help
There are more than 2,100 known drinking water contaminants present in tap water, including several known poisons. Ensure that your water is safe to drink by contacting AquaKnow at firstname.lastname@example.org or 1-877-734-7661 today. We are dedicated in assisting our customers to know exactly what is in their water, by providing comprehensive water quality testing information and analytical services. We are committed to delivering our clients world-class service and responsiveness regarding their water testing needs.