When water leaves the city reservoirs, it is, theoretically, safe. There might be small contaminants within the water, but in general, it is safe to drink. That is, at least upon leaving the city’s purification center. It still needs to pass through miles and miles of pipes before entering your home and running through your faucet. This means there are miles of potentially corrosive pipes, leaks, and mineral buildup within the pipes. All of this will seep into the water, making it less pure by the time it arrives at your home.
Chances are you’ve heard of the Flint, Michigan water crisis. To save money, the city switched where it was pumping water from. The water source was treated and deemed safe to drink. However, the water then traveled through ancient plumbing, which is where the lead contaminates took place. Something similar can happen anywhere. That is why it is essential to know about common water contaminants and the potential risks. Read More