Water Testing Kits….I Drink Tap Water! Is it Safe?

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After being overwhelmed with fancy bottled water at every turn, my family still chooses to drink tap water.  The decision was reached from a financial and environmental standpoint, as well as basic convenience.  After realizing the impact that disposable water bottles are having on the environment, and learning that the average American family spends nearly $100/ year, per person on those bottles and knowing that I can walk to my kitchen faucet for free, it was really a no-brainer for us.

These days, when you admit to drinking tap water, you must be ready to defend yourself.  In addition to the common sense aspects mentioned above, you must also know indisputably that your water is clean and healthy.  Contaminates in drinking water are no joke.  Our first priority should always be to keep our families safe.  One thing we can do is determine what exactly is coming out of your tap.  The easiest way to accomplish this is with a home Water Testing Kit.

There are a variety of kits to choose from. No expensive equipment is required and they are generally easy to use and provide quick results. Some kits are specific to either city water or well water. Some are all-inclusive meaning thtest-kit-lg-plainat they test across the board for the most common contaminates including bacteria, lead, chlorine, other chemicals, minerals and pesticides.  These are a good place to start if you have no idea what type of water you have in your home.  An example of this type of kit is the Watersafe All-in-One Drinking Water Test Kit.

Then there are kits that are specific to particular contaminates.  For example, it may only test for bacteria or pesticides or metals etc.  Examples of these types of kits would be:

These are only a few options available on FiltersFast.com, where you will find a wide variety of testing methods and kits.

Determining if your home drinking water is safe is a priority.  After testing with an approved kit, never fear if contaminates are present.  You can still have your tap water and drink it too, simply invest in an easy to install, faucet mount water filter.  One highly recommended product is the PUR 3 Stage Faucet Water Filter System. This filter removes or reducePUR-FM-9100B-Faucet-Filter-Mounts lead, mercury, sediment, dirt, microbial cysts such as cryptosporidium and giardia, the bad taste and odor of chlorine, and numerous other harmful impurities and contaminants.  In addition to this product, there are countless other options available, as well as other water filtration methods available on FiltersFast.com.

The take away is this; don’t be afraid to drink your tap water.  Be proud to drink it!  The money savings, the environmental impact, the hassle of dealing with a ton of plastic bottles… the list goes on.  But, do be smart about it.  Test your water with an at home drinking water testing kit.  They are inexpensive, easy to use and will provide peace of mind which is priceless.

Please visit FilterFast.com to find all of your water testing supplies and for water filtration needs.

 

Dangerous Chemicals Found in Un-Filtered Tap Water

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“Should I filter tap water?” is a question that I get a lot. The answer is always yes. The amount of chemicals commonly found in tap water is alarming. According to the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) there are over 2,000 contaminants that could be in your tap water. Some of the most dangerous tap water chemicals are:

Lead: Commonly entering tap water through corroded pipes, lead can cause great harm to your health. According to some studies, lead in drinking water can be especially dangerous to children and pregnant mothers. Studies through the years have also shown that lead poisoning can cause developmental delays and learning disorders.

Cryptosporidium and Giardia: Many point to these common types of protozoa for the cause of gastro-intestinal diseases. These contaminants will almost certainly end up in the water system when there has been a sanitation breakdown.

Chlorine: Perhaps the most controversial of the water contaminants, it also could be the most prevalent chemical found in the water system. It is commonly used for sanitation purposes to kill off any harmful bacteria in the water supply. However, according to healthguidance.org, it has recently been linked to some cancers such as breast cancer, bladder cancer and rectal cancers.

What can you do to avoid these problems?

It may seem like perfect sense to turn to bottled water, in fact, millions do every year. However, there are a myriad of issues with bottled water. The plastic that many brands of bottled water are shipped in contain harmful chemicals, such as BPA. Once these chemicals come in contact with the water inside the bottle, the chemicals become absorbed by the water. Once you drink it, you are ingesting harmful chemicals to your body. Even more so, bottled water is essentially tap water in a bottle. In fact, there are harsher restrictions against the water coming from your local water supplier than there is on bottled water companies. The best solution to avoid these problems is through the use of water filtration. Water filters act as an important barrier between you and the over 2,000 known chemicals in drinking water. Without this “road block” in place, harmful contaminants will have free access to your body including the organs, intestinal tract, and more.

What type of tap water filters should you use?

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This largely depends on the type of chemicals in your drinking water. Some areas experience better water quality than others. It is best to use a water test kit to see exactly what is in your drinking water in a convenient and inexpensive manner.

As for water filter options, there are no shortage to choose from. Water pitcher filters provide clean, filtered water on hand at all times in the convenience of a water pitcher. Refrigerator water filters are critical in reducing water contaminants before they reach your body. Whole-house water filters provide filtered water through the entire house, which means clean water running through your faucet, shower and more. Faucet filters are convenient and so are reusable water bottle filters for filtered water wherever you are.

Reverse osmosis filtration is currently the highest quality filter system that you can use to remove dissolved contaminants from your water.  The price per gallon of a reverse osmosis system is just penny’s per gallon, and is a great way to drink and cook with healthy water.

Have any questions? Feel free to leave your question in the comment selection below and I will be glad to assist you.