In the U.S., tap water comes from either surface or underground sources, from rivers and lakes to underground reservoirs. The water undergoes treatment in plants where extensive plumbing inspections are performed before it reaches your faucet. Most of the time, this is enough to eliminate bacteria, viruses and other harmful contaminants, which means tap water is generally safe for human use and consumption.
However, there are other factors that can affect the safety of your water as well. Here is some of the best advice from our plumbing professionals at Oak Plumbing Inc. on how to determine whether or not your tap water is safe to drink.
The Environmental Protection Agency
The EPA website has a Safe Drinking Water Information System that can help you find out whether your area or local water supplies have been affected by any known issues. If your source of water comes from a privately-owned well serviced by a tankless water heater installer, then the website also offers resources to help you attain that information as well.
Your Water Company
The EPA also requires national water companies to provide their consumers with reports about their water sources and treatment procedures. If you’re having doubts about the drinkability of your own tap water, one good way to get informed is to contact your local water company and ask for a report. The EPA also has tools to help you find online versions of reports from any water company in the country.
Testing It Yourself
In addition to basic plumbing and gas leak repair services, your local plumber can also help you carry out tests to determine whether your tap water is safe enough for use. Alternatively, there are also store-bought kits you can get to perform some simple tests yourself, but their accuracy may not be the most reliable.
Our professionals at Oak Plumbing Inc. can help you with all your plumbing needs. Give us a call at (707) 200-7594 or fill out our contact form to schedule an appointment and get a free estimate today. We serve the areas of Benicia, Sacrament,o and Vacaville, CA.