I’ve learned that having two filters can help ensure you get your clean water outcome.
Also you can use sight and smell to identify pollutants in a water sample.
Take the ‘polluted water’ and let it sit in a sunny spot for a day or two.
Filters help to reduce sand, silt, sediment, and debris in our water. You expect the water from your kitchen faucet to be clean and crisp, but there could be contaminants in it, some of which can be bad for your health.
No wonder, then, that almost half of Americans who drink tap water at home say they filter or boil it first. That’s according to Consumer Reports’ 2019 Water Quality Survey, based on a nationally representative sample of 4,225 U.S. adults.The biggest complaint people had about their drinking water was unpleasant tastes and smells. There survey also revealed that aside from the water filters built into many refrigerators, pitcher-style water filters are the type most people use.
Even if taste and odor are the main reasons you want to use a water filter pitcher, it’s a good idea to find out whether there are other contaminants in your municipality’s water that need to be filtered out. Your local water supplier’s Consumer Confidence Report (CCR) will state the levels of contaminants such as heavy metals, pesticides, and microbes that are present. The plumbing in your house or apartment could also affect your water quality. If it was built before lead-free pipes were mandated in 1986, you’ll want to check your water for lead that might be coming from the pipes.
There’s no safe level of lead exposure; even low levels can lead to health problems such as hypertension, decreased kidney function, and reproductive problems in adults, and learning disabilities, slowed growth, anemia, and hearing problems in children. Your state or local health department may offer free kits that test for a range of contaminants including lead. Or you can collect a sample and send it to a certified lab for testing, which can cost $20 to $100. Although a majority of people have never had their water tested, according to our 2019 Water Quality Survey, more than 2 out of 10 who did have their water tested discovered it had unsafe levels of some contaminants.