City water is usually safe, but there are a number of reasons why it should be tested from time-to-time.
The secret to good health is to balance everything properly. It’s hard to know what to eat, what to drink, what to have more of, or less of sometimes. One thing that is easy to know, however, is that you need clean drinking water.
Many people assume that the water provided by the municipal water system is safe, and it very likely is, but safety is not the only reason to have water tested. Simply put, if you don’t know what should be in (or not in) the water, then you cannot be sure of what you are getting. The usual things that may be in the water maybe there accidentally, or purposefully. There may be too little of something, or too much. There may be a certain level of contaminant that is expected to be in the water and is only of minor concern. It is best to know what to expect from the start.
Some more about why it is necessary to test your water
Even when water is provided safely from the residential system, there are other reasons to get a residential water testing kit. Some people have their water tested just because they want to know, and at other times, it is required for insurance purposes, or another governing body may have asked for the information. It is often done for property resale, or just for the records of the owners.
Another reason that people living in municipalities test their water is because of changes in their environment, or in their own physical state. Everything that goes down the drain or into the soil affects water. So, if there has been a flood or other natural disaster recently, the water system may be affected. Other changes, such as a new factory, or industrial business, or farm nearby could affect what is going into the water.
What should you test for?
There are a variety of different residential water testing kits available, but it is important to know the reason you want to test the water, and what you may be looking for. The number of items that are tested for will affect the test kit you purchase, and how much the test will cost.
A basic kit for residential water testing is the City-Check Standard. It tests for the usual, that is, lead, copper, chlorine, and by-products of disinfectants, and it also tests for other metals, minerals, and inorganic compounds and volatile organic compounds.
Another reason that people test the water is because of a change in their own circumstances. There is a pre-natal water test kit available. This test lets parents know what is in the water they regularly drink and how it may affect the baby. Lead, heavy metals, and chlorines may be present. Drinking water during pregnancy and after is important, but not if the water is at-risk.
Click this link for residential water testing kits to learn more about the many types of kits available.
It’s a privilege to be able to take water for granted, and while many of us can, it’s just as important to be aware of what we have, as taking something so important for granted may mean that we are not alert when something changes. Water is life. Know what’s in yours.