Academic journal article Journal of Environmental Health

A Six-Step Test of Drinking-Water Safety and a Countertop Filter

Academic journal article Journal of Environmental Health

A Six-Step Test of Drinking-Water Safety and a Countertop Filter

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The National Resources Defense Council (NRDC) contends that a growing number of Americans are exposed to tap water contaminated at levels above those set by U.S. EPA standards. According to a 1999 survey by the Water Quality Association (WQA), 60 percent of adults believe the quality of their drinking water affects their health, and about three-quarters have some concerns about the quality of their household water supply.

The water treatment experts at Amway Corporation suggest the following tests and resources for consumers who want to know if their drinking water is safe:

1. Look at it. Water should look clear and have no floating particles.

2. Smell it. Water should be free of unpleasant odors.

3. Taste it. Water that tastes unusual should be tested.

4. Contact the local health department to have the water tested if it looks, smells, or tastes unusual. (Note: The lack of unusual taste, aroma, or appearance doesn't necessarily indicate that the water is free from contaminants.)

5. Request a copy of the Consumer Confidence Report from the community water supplier. The Safe Drinking Water Act of 1996 requires all community water systems to provide their customers with an annual water quality report. …

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