What’s in your family’s water? It’s worth investigating your water supply to determine if you’re comfortable consuming those chemicals and elements.

Common Chemicals & Elements in Tap Water

  • Chlorine
  • Fluoride
  • Lead
  • Nitrates
  • Arsenic
  • Copper
  • Radon


Depending on where you live there could be many other contaminates in you drinking water. According to Green America “A 2003 study by the nonprofit Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC) found that due to a combination of pollution and deteriorating equipment and pipes, the public water supplies in 19 of America’s largest cities delivered drinking water that contained contaminant levels exceeding EPA limits (either legal limits or unenforceable suggested limits) and may pose health risks to some residents. So even though it may test fine at its source, public water may still pick up contaminants on the way to your house. Contaminants that snuck into city water supplies studied by the NRDC include rocket fuel, arsenic, lead, fecal waste, and chemical by-products created during water treatment.”

Then, according to the NRDC: “Exposure to the contaminants [sometimes found in public and private drinking water] can cause a number of health problems, ranging from nausea and stomach pain to developmental problems and cancer,” notes Physicians for Social Responsibility (PSR) in its booklet, Drinking Water: What Health Care Providers Should Know. PSR estimates that up to 900,000 people get sick and 900 die in the US per year from contaminated public and private drinking water. Despite the problems with public water, it’s still just as safe as bottled water, despite the billions of dollars beverage companies spend to make you think bottled is better.”

NSF Certification

The NSF is a non-profit that began back in 1944. According to their website “Our mission is to protect and improve global human health. As an independent, accredited organization, we develop standards, and test and certify products and systems. We provide auditing, education and risk management solutions for public health and the environment.”

The NSF provides a certification process for water filtration systems. The certification tells the consumer exactly what a given filtration system can filter from the water. You can search the NSF Certified Drinking Water Treatment Units, Water Filters database to find all of the information about any NSF certified system.

Environmental Protection Agency

The Environmental Protection Agency of the U.S. government provides a database of tap water conditions around the country. You can check your local conditions on their website https://www.epa.gov/.

How to Protect You Family’s Water

Champion Plumbing & Drain Cleaning in Canton, GA can show you how to protect your family from water contaminates. Give us a call for more information.

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