The Importance of Regular Water Testing
Water is a vital resource that we all need to survive, and it’s also one of the most neglected aspects of our health. We often don’t think much of our home’s drinking water because we rely on the city or municipality to provide clean drinking water. Unfortunately, there are many factors that can affect the quality of your water supply, including both industrial pollutants and naturally occurring toxins in your local aquifer. Regular water testing is essential in ensuring that your family’s water supply is safe and healthy—especially if you live in an area known for agricultural or industrial pollution.
Common Drinking Water Concerns
Homeowners across the country suffer from drinking water concerns related to quality in taste, smell, and health. For example, the water in Topeka, Kansas, contained 23 contaminants in the latest drinking water quality report, conducted by the water utility and provided to the Environmental Working Group by the Kansas Department of Health and Environment. The most common contaminants in drinking water are bacteria, viruses, and parasites. Ingesting these contaminants can cause anything from an upset stomach to prolonged health problems.
It’s not uncommon to be concerned about the quality of your drinking water and how it can affect you and your family. There are a number of reasons you might want to test your water. From anxieties about bacteria and other contaminants to concerns about sediment and chemicals that may be present in your home’s pipes or plumbing systems, these are all very real and legitimate issues that could be plaguing your drinking water.
Even on the surface level, there are drinking water issues that can leave your thirst unquenched. Bad-tasting water can be caused by a variety of issues, like total dissolved solids (TDS) from pipes and groundwater, chlorine added by municipalities, or organic content growing in your water. Additionally, these similar contaminants can contribute to your water smelling sour or unpleasant.
Curbing Water Concerns with Water Testing
Testing your drinking water can oftentimes add peace of mind to your daily life. With so many concerning contaminants that can end up in your water, regular water testing can offer a curb to common water concerns. Your municipality is responsible for testing the drinking water in your area, but not all municipalities have the same resources. Some may be able to test more frequently than others and getting your hands on the report can often take more time than you’d like.
Water testing is a way to ensure the water you and your family use is safe, and getting your water tested by a professional can offer everything you need to feel secure in drinking your home’s water. Culligan Water of Northeast Kansas offers free in-home water quality testing that can offer you legitimate measures to alleviate many of your water concerns, including hardness, iron, chlorine, pH, and more. Our free water quality tests come with a free consultation to explain your results and offer real solutions to fix any water issues. This is a free public service, and there is no cost or obligation associated with a free water analysis.
Testing Your Drinking Water Quality Regularly
Unfortunately, testing your water once won’t fix all your water issues. Just as the world is changing each and every day, the water making its way into your home is changing too. It’s important to keep an eye on the quality of your drinking water by getting regular tests done.
How often you should get tested depends on your location and how much you use the water. If you live in a rural area with little population, then once every year or two may be enough for now; however, if you live in an urban center and use lots of water during hot summers or cold winters, then twice per year would be better. Everyone can benefit from getting their water tested, no matter what type of living situation they’re in (house, apartment, etc.). Even if it looks clear and smells fine, there could still be contaminants present that are harmful to our bodies over time–or even immediately dangerous depending on what those contaminants are.
Staying Hydrated with a Reverse Osmosis System
Drinking water is incredibly important in maintaining a healthy lifestyle and you need the highest quality water to keep your body happy. Regular water testing is the best way to maintain quality drinking water standards. And regularly testing your water shouldn’t be an overwhelming task, especially when you’re having it done by a professional.
Culligan Water of Northeast Kansas is just one call away when you’re ready to get your next water test. A free water analysis can offer you not only peace of mind but an action plan on how to treat and protect your water from any harmful contaminants. Contact us today to schedule your free water analysis.