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How to know your water is safe
Study your CCR. Every year your home’s water supplier is required to send a Consumer Confidence Report listing contaminants found in your water—and they’re common. You can also find reports at epa.gov/ccr.
Check for lead. Lead pipes were used in homes until the mid-1980s, and millions of homes receive lead-contaminated water. Call your water department to ask if your service lines are lead. Replace the lines if possible; meanwhile, always run the tap a few minutes before using water.
Submit a sample. Call (800) 426-4791 to find a lab that will test your water for common contaminants. Chromium-6, a carcinogen, is in the water of 200 million Americans.
Rethink bottled water. A quarter or more of bottled water is tap water, and studies show contaminants are common in most major brands. Filtering your water, in a pitcher at minimum, is a better solution.
Source: Men’s Health