Drinking water is important for your health and wellbeing and perhaps the easiest way to get it is from your faucet.
But, did you know that sometimes, water from the faucet is not always safe to drink?
Tap water tends to be recycled water from homes in the area, and although it has usually gone through an extensive cleaning and purification process to ensure that it is safe for human consumption, in some areas this is not always the case.
If you are worried about drinking water from the faucet but are concerned about the environmental impact of buying bottled water, here are some ideas to try.
#1. Test the Water
First of all, don’t just assume that your water supply isn’t safe for drinking if you haven’t been told otherwise. Most of the time, tap water is safe to drink but you can check this with water test kits.
Simply use the kit according to instructions and it will let you know whether or not your water is contaminated. If it’s safe to drink, you don’t have to worry about taking any extra steps unless you want to. Some people don’t like the taste of tap water and find it easier to drink after filtering or boiling it.
#2 Use a Filter
There are several different water filtration systems that you can use in order to make your tap water safe to drink, or clean tap water even further.
You can get extensions to fit onto your faucets at home that will filter the water further as it is coming through straight into your glass, or invest in a water filter jug to fill up at the beginning of the day and use for drinking.
If you like to drink your water from a reusable water bottle, you can find options with a filter system on the lid that will make sure any water you put in your bottle as is clean as possible.
#3 Boil the Water
While it’s more time-consuming than simply using a filter, boiling the water from your faucet and letting it cool down before you drink it is an effective way to kill any germs and bacteria that might be present in the water.
If you’d rather not wait, drinking warm water with a slice of lemon is also great for your health and a tasty way to stay hydrated. You can boil the water using a kettle or on the stove; it’s up to you.
#4 Only Drink From the Cold Tap
If you suspect that there is lead or other contaminants in your home’s water system, then a good water filtration system is a must. However, when drinking, cooking, or making hot drinks with water from your faucet, you should use the cold tap only. This is because water that comes out of the hot tap can contain higher amounts of lead.
If you don’t have a filtration system yet, you should run cold water through the taps in your home to fully flush the system before you drink it.
Most of the time, tap water is safe to use for drinking – but if yours isn’t, there are several options to consider to make sure it’s clean before you consume it.