Did you know that almost 70% of the Earth is covered in water? And out of that, only 2.5% is fresh water that we can use! The rest is either salt water or frozen in glaciers and polar ice caps. So it’s no wonder people are so fascinated by water – and want to find ways to make sure they’re drinking the cleanest possible water. Unfortunately, though, many people don’t realize how easy it is for their drinking water to become polluted. This blog post will give you some tips on how to improve the quality of the water you drink – and help keep you and your loved ones healthy!
Are water filters good and how much are they?
Water filters are a great way to remove impurities from your water. They are beneficial for both home and office use, and there are a variety of filters available on the market. Some filters remove chlorine, while others remove lead, mercury, and other heavy metals. They are thought to be expensive, but in reality, they generally cost around $50. You can find them at most home improvement stores, or even online. Be sure to read the reviews before purchasing one, to make sure it’s effective for the type of water you have and that it will fulfill our needs. For example, if you live in an area with high levels of arsenic, you’ll need a filter that specifically removes arsenic from the water.
Replace outdated plumbing
One of the most common causes of water pollution is outdated or faulty plumbing. If you have old galvanized pipes, for example, they can corrode and release lead into your drinking water, replacing them with PVC or copper piping can help reduce – or even eliminate – this risk. When you change the outdated plumbing it is important to properly dispose of the old piping. Ask your local waste management authority for instructions on how to do this in a safe and environmentally friendly manner.
Avoid using hot tap water
Another way to reduce the risk of contamination is to avoid using hot tap water. This is because hot water can dissolve lead more quickly than cold water, so it’s best to use cold or room-temperature water for drinking, cooking, and making baby formula. The heated water can release toxins from plastic bottles, cups, and other containers into the water itself. If you must use hot water, let it run for a minute or two first to flush out any contaminants that may be in the pipes.
Drain your water heater once a year
You should also drain your water heater at least once a year to remove any sediment that has built up over time. This can help improve the quality of your drinking water and extend the life of your water heater. To do this, simply turn off the power to your water heater and then open the drain valve at the bottom of the unit. Let the water drain until it is clear, then close the valve and turn the power back on. Draining your water heater is vital to protect you and your family from drinking contaminated water.
Cleaning out your water containers
It’s important to clean out your water bottles on a regular basis, to prevent the build-up of bacteria and other contaminants. This is especially important if you use reusable bottles or cups. Wash them in hot soapy water, or run them through the dishwasher, at least once a week. If you have any plastic containers, be sure to check for BPA before using them, as this chemical can leach into the water and cause health problems.
Maintain your septic tank properly
If you have a septic tank, it’s important to maintain it properly to prevent contamination of your drinking water. Pumping it out every few years and having it inspected regularly can help keep it running smoothly. If you notice any signs of trouble, such as a bad odor or slow drainage, have it serviced right away. A properly maintained septic tank is essential for keeping your drinking water safe and free from pollutants. Maintaining it can also provide other benefits, such as reducing the amount of wastewater produced and extending the life of your septic tank.
Water pollution is a huge problem in many parts of the world, but there are things we can do to reduce the risk of contamination. Follow these tips to improve the quality of the water you drink and help keep your loved ones healthy!
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