How often is your water tested?
This is a good question — unfortunately, there is no one solid answer.
Although your local water company is required to test its water according to EPA standards, the frequency of those tests depends on a variety of factors such as
- where the water is coming from
- how many people are being served
- and the types of contaminants involved.
What are “good” or “bad” test results?
As mentioned above, sometimes your local public water report may list contaminants that are either beneficial or have the potential to be harmful but exist in small enough amounts that they’re essentially harmless.
What you want to look out for is any contaminant marked as “violated” — this indicates that the contaminant is present in amounts higher than those allowed by the EPA.
The more violations, the more concerning the report will be. But you should also consider your and/or your family’s unique needs.
You may be particularly concerned about a contaminant the EPA has deemed okay in minute amounts. In that case, even a “pass” reading may not be good enough for your peace of mind.
Where can you find local water test results?
All public water systems or community water suppliers are required to provide an annual drinking water quality report or CCR to its customers.
Suppose you pay your water bill directly to the town or public water company. In that case, you should receive a copy of your local water company’s residential water test report or CCR once a year, either by mail or online.
If you don’t pay your bill directly, you may need to contact your landlord or building management to access the report.
Most community water companies choose to post their CCRs online for public viewing. You can always contact your local brand or utility company to see if they will release the report or direct you to an online source.
Curious about your water quality? Let the experts at Stonybrook explain what’s in your water – and what filtration best suits your local public drinking water.
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