We could make this article very short and tell you from the start that, no matter where you live, your tap water is probably contaminated to a certain degree. Nevertheless, we fear that such a short answer will not help you understand what this fact implies. Your tap water might taste good, it might be very clear, and you probably receive one of those reassuring yearly water reports from the government in which you are notified that your water is pure, yet none of these facts mean that tap water is safe to drink. In what follows, we will discuss the possible contaminants found in your tap water as well as ways in which you can protect yourself.

What does your tap water contain?

For starters, your tap water contains chlorine which is used in order to purify the water. Chlorine alone is not very dangerous, although it can cause some minor health problems in the long run. Nevertheless, chlorine reacts with other substances found in your tap water, creating toxic byproducts. The EPA standards for water quality focus on a wide range of chemicals such as: chromium, lead, Barium, copper, nitrate, and several other chemicals. In general, you can rest assured knowing that your yearly report is correct and these contaminants are not found in your tap water. However, there are other contaminants that the government doesn’t bother to monitor such as various pharmaceuticals, pesticides, arsenic, germs, nitrates and believe it or not, traces of rocket fuel. Moreover, since most water pipes are decades old,  and some are even a century old, it is very probably that your tap water also contains traces or rust.

How can you protect yourself?

There are several ways in which you can protect yourself from tap water contaminants. For starters, it is essential to avoid drinking tap water at all costs. In order to do this, you could buy bottled water or a small water filter. Nonetheless, bottled water is expensive and wasteful. Whether you care for the environment or for your budget, it is best to find an alternative to bottled water.

You can buy a small countertop water filter or an under sink filter which will filter the water that comes from a single water source in your home. Such filters are very efficient and quite affordable. You can find the best countertop and under sink water filters on the waterfilters.systems website.

While a kitchen sink filter is a good investment, there are still a lot of water contaminants that can affect you even if you don’t drink the tap water. They infiltrate your body through your skin pores, or you breathe them when your tap water forms vapors. As such, the most complete solution is a whole house water filter that will filter the water from all of your home’s water sources, from your kitchen sink, to your shower or your toilet. On www.myhomewaterfilter.com you can find reviews of the top rated whole house water filters of the moment. Reading these reviews will help you determine which filter would be most suitable for your needs.