In this day and age of wanting to maintain our good health and sense of well-being, it’s no surprise that the average person diligently reads the labels of nearly every product he or she buys. Doing so helps us feel more confident about the things we put in our bodies.
We live in times where pesticides, preservatives and chemicals, while necessary, may not always be good for us. We have become a culture that is almost obsessed with ensuring not only our optimal health, but that of our loved ones as well.
Since much of what we and our families consume is derived from natural resources, we are inundated with reports that natural is best – pesticides, preservatives and additives aside. Unfortunately, one of nature’s most valuable resources doesn’t typically come packaged, allowing us to review the contents before consuming it. That precious resource is none other than our home drinking water.
Maybe it crosses your mind occasionally when you turn on your faucet, just thirsting for a big cold glass of H20. Perhaps you ask yourself how can I ensure that my home water is actually clean – let alone safe? You know that it’s essential to survival. Our bodies will cease to function within days of going without water.
Rest assured that unless you live in a Third World, impoverished, underdeveloped foreign country, the domestic municipal water that flows throughout our homes is safe for human consumption and everyday use. Here’s why:
• Domestic home water not only meets all federal regulations for safety and purity, it actually exceeds them. This means that the feds themselves stand by clean, safe water for consumers.
• Home drinking water is consistently tested for levels of iodine and other pharmaceutical agents.
• The water quality in source water rivers and streams undergo extensive testing round the clock to ensure that by the time the water reaches your home, it’s relatively free of contaminants, bacteria and other potentially harmful agents.
• Even when those potentially harmful agents ARE discovered within the source water, they are only trace amounts that are not sufficient for issues of contamination. They are, in most cases, filtered out by advanced water filtration and sophisticated technological processes.
• Water treatment plant staff monitors samples of all streams, rivers and waterways that are directly connected to your home’s water supply. This is NOT a job that is taken lightly! These staff are specially trained to be alert for signs of danger – for example, an oil spill – and immediately resolve the issue before it can detrimentally affect us.
• They employ special strategies to ensure that there is never any public health risk.
• By the time the water reaches your home, it is safe for you and your family to enjoy for drinking, bathing, washing hair, laundry, washing our cars, and any of the other domestic reasons that make our lives a little easier!
• Regulations and research are constantly being upgraded, as are contaminant removal techniques.
All of the above should be enough to make you breathe a sigh of relief! Doesn’t it help you sleep just a little easier to know that there’s someone always on the job to ensure your water quality safety? But believe it or not, there are some important things that WE as consumers can also do to make sure that our water remains safe – today and for years to come. It’s important that we not only employ these strategies but that we educate our children as well.
Here are some preventative measures that can easily be incorporated into our everyday lives:
• Never pour medications of any kind down your drains.
• Never flush medications or chemicals in your toilet.
• When walking your dog, never leave Fido’s waste products on the sidewalk. Scoop up when he finishes. After he does his business, dispose of it responsibly in a trash bin – never down an inlet. And NEVER, of course, just leave it ON THE SIDEWALK. The likelihood that it will get washed into a nearby inlet during a rainstorm is VERY high.
• Never deposit trash of ANY kind in an inlet.
Despite our best efforts AND depending on where you live, wastewater contamination occasionally poses a health hazard. To ensure safety and quality, be aware of signs of impure water, such as a disturbing change in smell, taste or appearance.
Have your home’s water tested by a certified water lab. Use fertilizer and pesticides sparingly and with care. Also educate yourself on proper maintenance of home septic systems, especially if you live near a shoreline or your home’s water supply is derived from a private natural water supply.
Education is key to ensuring a healthier water supply and a healthier life!
Andrew Johnson is a family oriented blogger helping new and experienced parents alike keep their families a protected with home security solutions from Safe, Sound Family!