The quality of drinking water is a powerful determinant of our health. If you assure the quality of drinking water, then you are surely laying a strong preventive foundation against waterborne diseases. An important question that arises here is - how to test the quality of drinking water?
Get water report from public drinking water suppliers
Ask your local water company to send you a report on water quality. These days, municipalities are required to annually send these reports with in-depth information of chemicals present in the water. This information will give you a clearer idea of the contaminants in your drinking water. You can even find this information on the website of the company providing water to you.
There are chances that water report shows no violators and there may be an issue with your home’s plumbing or water distribution system.
Taste and odour
You must check your drinking water for odour and taste. The water will start tasting different if there is the presence of any unsafe chemical.
Take some drinking water in a clear glass and closely examine it. There must be no sediment and the water must be clear. You must periodically keep a concerned eye when your water changes colour. Orange, red or brown discolouration is due to rusted pipes and this situation must be resolved immediately.
Get a home water test kit
Though the home water test is less accurate than lab testing, but it gives you a quick idea of any contamination at the very initial stage. Moreover, they are a less expensive alternative to the lab testing of water.
Stop taking your drinking water for granted and ensure that the water you drink has passed all the needed testing procedures.