What If My Water Is Contaminated? What Do I Do? Part 3

young boy drinking water from the tap

You’ve had your water tested and the lab results show it’s contaminated. Don’t panic! There are many easy ways to clean up your water.

1. Pitcher filters: These are simple and affordable filters that use activated carbon to remove impurities from water. They are designed to fit inside a pitcher and are easy to use.

2. Faucet-Mounted Filters: These filters attach directly to your faucet and use a combination of activated carbon and other materials to remove impurities.

3. Countertop Filters: These filters sit on your kitchen countertop and are connected to your faucet by a hose. They typically use a combination of activated carbon and other materials to remove contaminants.

4. Under-Sink Filters: These filters are installed underneath your sink and are connected to your faucet. They use a combination of activated carbon and other materials to remove impurities.

5. Reverse Osmosis Systems: These systems use a membrane to remove pollutants from water. They are typically installed under your sink and require professional installation.

6. UV Water Purifiers: These systems use ultraviolet light to kill bacteria and other microorganisms in your water. They are typically installed at the point of entry to your home’s water supply.

7. Whole-House Filters: These filters are installed at the point of entry to your home’s water supply and remove impurities from all the water that enters your home.

The best type of water filtration system for you will depend on your specific needs. Ask yourself these questions:

1.  What contaminants are present in my water? You can test your water to determine which contaminants are present, such as lead, chlorine, byproducts of the chlorination process, bacteria, or pesticides, to name a few.

2. What is my budget for a water filtration system? Different types of water filtration systems vary in price, so it’s important to determine how much you are willing to spend.

3. How much water do I need? The amount of water you need to filter can help you determine the capacity of the system you need.

4. What is the quality of my water source? Depending on whether you have municipal, community water or well water, you may need a different type of filtration system.

5. Do I want a point-of-use or a point-of-entry system? Point-of-use systems are installed at a single faucet or appliance, while point-of-entry systems filter all water coming into your home.

6. How easy is the system to install and maintain? Consider the installation process and how much ongoing maintenance you want to do for each type of system.

7. What type of filter media do I prefer? Different types of filters use different media to remove contaminants, such as activated carbon, reverse osmosis, or ultraviolet light.

It’s a good idea to consult with a professional if you are uncertain of which filter is best for you.

Since the passage of the Clean Water Act of 1972, access to safe water for all Americans has been a U.S. government goal. Yet millions of people continue to face serious water quality problems because of contamination, deteriorating infrastructure, and inadequate treatment at water plants.

Protect yourself by being proactive. If you suspect your water is unsafe, then test it. That’s the only way you’ll know what’s in your water. You can smell many pollutants, but plenty of them don’t have any odor. The current statistics don’t look good. Most tap water is contaminated. So, get proactive, stay informed, and make sure you’re making smart choices about the water you drink.