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How to Test Household Water

Most homes get their water supply from a municipal water system, which treats surface and ground water to meet strict federal health standards. However, water can pick up impurities as it travels from the treatment plant to your home.

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Highlights:

Step 1: Watch an Overview Video

Step 2: Use Simple Tests at Home

A series of simple at home tests can measure the level certain contaminants in your water supply, such as lead or chlorine. Many at-home water-testing kits will test for lead, bacteria, common pesticides, nitrite, nitrate, chlorine and will also check your water’s ph level to determine the water’s hardness.

Step 3: Consider a Water Filter

If the test strips come up positive, you may be able to reduce some of the impurities by filtering the water. Consider filters that mount directly onto your faucet or ones that mount under your sink which filters your cold water supply line. When selecting a water filter, carefully review the capabilities of the unit with your water treatment needs. You can avoid installation altogether by pouring cold drinking water from a filtered pitcher. The more reusable bottles you fill, the better it is for our planet.

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