Should I Drink Tap Water?

Should I Drink Tap Water?

A common question which is usually followed with a vigorous, “Hell no!” Drinking local tap water has been associated with a slew of ailments including Crohn’s disease, food poisoning, and Hepatitis. In addition to being riddled with contaminants that can cause illness, the silver-looking pipes inside your home could be leaching lead into your drinking water! There were a whole bunch of other scary-sounding things in there too.

So again the question is, should I drink tap water?

The answer is a resounding “YES” and here’s why:

Tap water has been declared safe for human consumption by the World Health Organization. Their standards are so strict that it would take a city of 20 million people drinking from a river used as a sewer to even come close to flunking inspection! In fact, not only is our tap water cleaner than you think, it contains fewer bacteria and contaminants when compared with bottled water.

How do you purify tap water?

The first layer of filtration comes at the water treatment plant where chemicals are added to help purify your drinking water. The two most important chemicals used by the City are chlorine for disinfection and fluoride for dental health. Chlorine is what you smell in your tap water, which means it is working to kill germs.

After this initial stage, everything else that’s added to our drinking water takes place at your home before you drink it. Skin, soap residue, or food particles can create an unpleasant taste that sometimes makes people think their tap water tastes bad. Here are the other things that might alter the taste of your fine dining experience:

How can I naturally purify water at home?

Depending on where you live, the components in your tap water can threaten health and taste. Luckily for us Vancouverites, our drinking water is relatively safe from most contaminants. However, if you don’t trust it or are worried about microbial contamination, boiling your tap water before drinking will ensure all bacteria and viruses are dead – at the expense of a few vitamins and minerals though!

You can also let your tap run for a bit while it gets cold to flush out any chlorine vapors that might be making themselves known. If neither of these methods work and you’d like to drink straight from the source (literally), fill up some jugs at one of our beautiful mountain streams instead!

Is boiling tap water the same as filtered water?

No, boiling and filtering are two completely different methods of purifying water. Boiling your tap water will kill any bacteria while filtering it will remove some but not all chemicals and contaminants. If you want to drink purified water, we recommend committing to a high-quality reverse osmosis system like the ones offered by Pure Water Technology.

You can also add our Aquatap or Faucet Filter on the end of your existing tap to filter out chlorine and other things that taste bad. Bottled waters such as SmartWater may be filtered too (we’re not sure though).

What kind of filter do I need for my baby?

Many parents install whole house reverse osmosis systems so they don’t have to worry about giving their baby any contaminants. This is a great idea, but the filters inside your system need to be changed regularly or they begin to leak dangerous chemicals back into your drinking water! We recommend calling Pure Water Technology in North Vancouver if you would like more information about this topic.

What if my water tastes smell and looks strange?

If your water is cloudy, has an unusually high chlorine smell or taste, or contains visible impurities like dirt and rust, it may be time to change the filter in your fridge. If you don’t know how to do this yourself, give us a call at Pure Water Technology so we can walk you through it over the phone. Most people think their tap water tastes just fine until they get used to drinking better-tasting water!

Why does my tap water sometimes look orange?

Iron is one of those things that will give your water an unpleasant color and bad taste. When heavy rains wash extra sediment into our reservoirs it’s not filtered out before entering the city’s taps. This sediment is mostly made up of iron oxide which sticks to the inside of pipe walls.

When water sits in your pipes for a long time, it begins to rust and when you run it through your tap this rusty liquid comes out! If you don’t like the color of your orange water, try using a filter like our Aquatap on the end of your tap. It will remove some of the iron and sediment before the water reaches your glass.

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