How Safe Is Your Drinking Water?

Learn How to Find Out

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Did you ever wonder just how safe your drinking water is? Whether you’re staying in a B&B, a hotel or an Airbnb home, don’t forget to check the safety of your drinking water. This is also key to know when picking an area to move to. 

There are over three hundred pollutants in the United States tap water.  And half of the chemicals that were detected in the water aren't subject to safety or health regulations. They can actually legally be present in any amount. So how do you go about finding out what's in your water?

Know Your Resources

Luckily, there's an easy way to identify what's in your tap water. All you have to do is to go to the website of the Environmental Working Group. This is the EWG National Drinking Water Database. The EWG requested water contaminant data from public and environmental health agencies from all over the country. They compiled close to 20 million records they received from 45 states to created the National Tap Water Quality Database, released the first version of this database in 2000 and then updated it in 2009.

Then just look for the box on that page that says, "What's in your water?" After that, just type in your zip code or you can type in the name of your water company and then hit "Search." That will then take you to a page with information on any pollutants that may have been found in your area's tap water.

You can also read the research on safe drinking water, get tips for safe water, buy a water filter, and also find out the cities in the United States for the best water. EWG has rated the water of big cities with populations of over 250,000, based on three different factors: the total number of chemicals detected since 2004, the percentage of chemicals found of those tested, and the highest average level for an individual pollutant.

The website also tells you how you can get your water tested, what types of water filter to buy if you want one, and it explains where your specific tap water comes from.