Looking for ways to improve home drinking water?
Lead and copper can leach into your water through pipes or soil elements. Depending on what is found in your drinking water analysis, a variety of treatment options are available.
The first step is to flush your lines in between long periods of non-use and only drink from the cold tap. If you find your water has traces of inorganic chemicals, like lead and copper, this is likely due to the material with which your piping system is made. When water sits in these lines for long periods of time, overnight for example, the water leaches more of these elements. By running the sitting water out of your lines for 15-30 seconds, you can improve home drinking water by eliminating higher chemical concentrations from the water before you drink it.
Following are EPA drinking water standards. If your results are greater than the standard, you should consider taking action to avoid health or household complications.
In addition, you can keep a pitcher of tap water on your counter or fridge for drinking. When you let the water sit before drinking, the chlorine added in from the public water system dissipates so your family isn’t harmed.
The next option is water treatment. There are many types of home water treatment available and all are targeted towards certain treatment options. The best systems to remove toxic contamination are reverse osmosis and ultraviolet disinfection. Keep in mind that filtration systems do require maintenance, otherwise you can still end up with pollutants in your water that have backed up over time.