Water is used everywhere – it’s a vital component of life itself. It’s also an important consideration in your home. You use water for myriad things, from washing clothes to cooking dinner and quenching your thirst, as well. However, is the water in your home safe to drink? Should you drink tap water? There are many concerns here, from the possibility of contamination to potentially harmful chemicals used in water treatment. Even if you have a well, there can be concerns about drinking from the tap.
The Potential Problems
While most water in Toronto is safe to drink, there can be problems. There are chemicals used in the water treatment process, and not all of them are benign. While they are not at harmful levels in municipal water, it can still be a real concern.
There are even concerns with drinking well water. Well water can be contaminated from ground runoff, and can contain high quantities of minerals and other impurities that you don’t necessarily want to be drinking.
Water Filtration Options
If you find that the thought of drinking tap water makes you a bit nervous, there are water filtration options out there that can be of use. These options range from very simple affairs that connect to your kitchen sink, allowing you to filter the water directly (or to bypass the filter), to whole house water treatment systems.
Water filtration systems that connect to your plumbing ensure that all the water in your home is filtered, including water that might be used in your fire sprinklers, showers, toilets, washing machines and other areas. It connects directly to your in-bound plumbing in most cases, and filters the water as it enters your home.
There’s a lot of good (and bad) information available about water quality in homes that might make you question the quality of your water or the safety of your plumbing. If you are concerned about the purity of your drinking water, the best thing to do is to have it tested. While this will come at a cost (it’s usually relatively low), it can help you determine once and for all if you need to be concerned about the quality of the water coming out of your tap. Based on these test results, you can determine if you need a water filtration system installed, or if there is any work required to your plumbing or drains to ensure better quality.
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