The quality of the water that comes out of our taps can be affected by the many processes it goes through at the water treatment plant. Everything from the household plumbing, distribution system, and your home’s location will affect your water quality. This doesn’t usually affect us in a drastic way, however, if your water tastes different compared to the water you are used to, then it may put you off from drinking it. This can lead to expensive and environmentally unfriendly substitutes, like bottled water. Fortunately, there are a number of things you can do to improve the quality of your water.
Run Your Taps
This may not seem like the greenest method, but running your taps for up to two minutes before you pour yourself a drink or cook can improve your water quality. This is because any water that has been sitting in your pipes for several hours will have declined in quality. Flushing your popes can be done by usage activities, such as a shower, flushing the toilet, putting the dishwasher on, and doing laundry.
Use Cold Water
Avoid using the hot tap for a drink or to cook with. Hot water has the ability to dissolve contaminants. The water heater in which it sits in could contain bacteria, metals, and sediment that have built up in there over time. If you have got household lead sources, drinking hot water could increase your risk of lead consumption, as the heat can cause the release of lead into the liquid.
Install Water Filters
Water filters will remove any unwanted impurities in your drinking water. These include sediment, bacteria, and limescale, plus nasty taste and odors, which results in low-quality water. They remove the chalky residue that can be left behind if you have particularly hard water in your area, which leads to crystal clear water. Once installed, these filter cartridges should be routinely replaced.
Drain Water Heaters
As mentioned previously, it is common for things to build up in your water heater. To help keep your warm water safe and clean, you should drain your water heater on an annual basis. This will remove the bacteria, metals, and sediment that can build up in the tank. Once it has been and continues to be drained, you will see a positive impact on the water pressure and water quality in your household.
Check Your Plumbing
Your household plumbing will play a huge role in the quality of your water system. Replacing it and ensuring you remove and replace potential lead sources will improve your water quality. For the best water quality, you should consider ‘lead-free’ fixtures and copper pipes. Once it has been installed, you should flush your cold water taps once a day, for five minutes. You should do this over three days.
There are many things you can do to improve the water quality in your home. As well as tasting and smelling better, these changes could have a positive impact on your health. Just make sure you do your research to ensure you are making the right decisions.