The EPA sets a legal limit for contaminant levels that all water suppliers must meet. Water that meets these levels is safe for most people to drink, although people with certain serious health problems should get advice from their doctors before they drink tap water.
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Not necessarily. Bottled water standards for contaminant levels mirror those the EPA has set for tap water. Some bottled water, in fact, is taken from municipal water supplies. It is more environmentally-friendly to not purchase bottled water.
Most people in cities get their tap water from surface water (lakes and rivers), while most people in rural areas get their tap water from groundwater (wells).
Even water that meets the EPA’s standards contains certain contaminants that, while not posing any health risks for most people, do create a taste that some people find unpleasant.
It’s probably caused by air bubbles in the water. Within a few seconds, the bubbles should all rise to the top of the water, leaving the water clear.
Most people find that they prefer the taste of filtered water to tap water. For a very small number of people with serious health problems (people with compromised immune systems, for instance), tap water is too dangerous to drink. If you drink bottled water because you don’t like the taste, a purification system will save you money in the long run.
Hard water, or water with a high mineral content, can leave scale deposits in pipes, causing them to clog over time. Calcium and magnesium in hard water can reduce the effectiveness of soaps and detergents. It can also damage appliances by leaving sediment and mineral deposits.
• Better tasting water
• Faster water heating
• Less mineral build up in pipes
• Less soap residue on clothes
• Less soap scum in the shower/tub
• Longer lasting appliances
• Longer lasting shower heads
• Reduced corrosion in plumbing
• Reduced water heater energy use
• Use less soap/detergent in cleaning