How Safe Is Tap Water?

Posted on April 20, 2016

An unfortunate and potentially life-threatening situation can often thrust a health or lifestyle issue into the limelight and bring into question something that we take for granted.

That seems to be the case with the ongoing water crisis in Flint, MI. A series of governmental mistakes and institutional failures have resulted in widespread lead contamination in the drinking water supply. While local and federal officials try to resolve this significant public health danger and identify how many residents have been affected by it, many people nationwide are wondering if their water supply is safe.

Some questions that communities across the country are asking:

  • What exactly is water filtration?
  • How can I tell if my tap water needs to be filtered?
  • Is it safe to drink the water coming from my faucet?

Water filtration generally refers to systems or processes used to filter/clean/remove particles, pollutants and contaminants from drinking water. Filtration systems utilize many processes and materials including ultraviolet light units, activated carbon charcoal filters, water distillers and purifiers or other forms of water treatment. These filtration processes are used in home systems and often are included on refrigerators and other appliances.

As a rule of thumb in the United States, public water supply-treated tap water is safe to drink. In fact, the treatment regulations imposed on public entities that provide water to their residents are generally more stringent than those imposed on bottled water manufacturers. However, the recent crisis in Flint has raised awareness of tap water safety and has many folks questioning the consumption of public water. If this describes you or you just don’t like the taste of your tap water, there are options. First, find out what’s in your water by scheduling a home water analysis. Once you know just what is in your water, you can install the right home water filtration system. The General can help. Call us today for more information about your tap water and water filtration options.

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