Do you notice that your drinking water quality isn’t what it could be? Many people notice that their water has a metallic taste — or even that it appears cloudy when it comes out of the tap. This problem occurs in many places in the world, and although most municipal water is better than that found in developing countries, it can still create problems for those who rely on it.
And it’s no wonder that we have so many problems with our drinking waters these days: water pollution problems are some of the biggest environmental issues that the world faces today. Only 2.5% of the world’s water supply consists of fresh water, and yet even our oceans, which have salt water, see more pollution each year. The pollution in coastal waters around the world costs approximately $12.8 billion USD due to the death and disease that it can cause. Pollution of all types is one of the world’s biggest killers, and it’s especially necessary to combat the sources of water pollution as much as possible.
So just what can you do to improve your home’s drinking water quality? Here are some suggestions that can reduce any strange or metallic smells and tastes you might encounter.
1. Get a tap or countertop filter. There are several systems that you purchase in stores to improve your drinking water quality. Some of them connect to your faucet so you can filter water as it pours. Others sit on countertops for you to run your water through. You can also buy a pitcher to store and filter your drinking water for you when you’re ready to drink it.
2. Try a complete filtration system. Some homes require filtration throughout the entire house. These filtration systems can get rid of unclean water throughout your entire home. This way you’ll have more than one faucet to use for drinking water, and your water for bathing and cooking will be clean, too.
3. Talk to a professional. Water that smells or tastes strange could be indicative of a problem with your plumbing. If there is any issue with your home’s plumbing, such as a buildup of bacteria or mold, then you could be at risk for illness if you drink that water. Speak to a professional plumber or other specialist in your city.
If you know that this is an issue throughout your town or region, you might even want to get your local politicians involved. Safe and clean drinking water is a right for everyone, not just a privilege for a few. Have more questions about improving the quality of your drinking water? Leave us a comment. Continue: askhrgreen.org