Clean drinking water should come out of your pipes, but that is not always the case. There are some ways to ensure cleaner drinking water for you and your family.
Buy a water-filtering attachment for your faucet. They are very easy to install. You simply remove the washer attachment and replace it with the water filter. Depending upon the age of your pipes, these systems remove lead and other contaminants from the water. If your pipes are very old, the lead contamination with be higher and more difficult to reduce.
Another option is to buy a water pitcher which filters contaminants. These also remove lead and a variety of other impurities from the water your family with consume. Each pitcher system is different, so read the labels carefully. Not all systems clean the water with equal thoroughness.
There are very large systems known as ionizers. They clean the water and do a process of ionization which is supposed to make water optimally clean and healthy. Whether or not the benefits to health are true is up to the consumer to research and decide, the fact is they do filter the water of impurities as do the basic, less expensive systems.
If you want to bypass tap water altogether, you can buy a bottled dispenser, but they are big and become very costly in the end. If you are going to use them for cooking and baking, you will run through the bottle very quickly. You can also just buy jugs for your fridge or counter, but again these are cost prohibitive.
One of the greatest foreign matter concerns is lead. Although these systems do show a reduction of lead, the only way to make it disappear in a very significant amount from your tap water is to replace the old pipes and fixtures in your home.
Lead poses a health problem, especially to children. The good news is that the CDC states that lead is not absorbed through the skin, so bathing and showering are safe. However, drinking water is another matter. If a complete pipe replacement is not possible, there are some things you can do to reduce your risk until total pipe replacement is possible. (Use bottled or filtered water for brushing your teeth and the teeth of your children.)
You should never use warm water when cooking or drinking as it brings with it more lead than cold water. if using cold water, let the water run for 5 minutes before using it for consumption. This allows the foreign matter in the pipes to be cleared away before it reaches the filtering system, and finally, a glass, cup, or pot.
You may also want to contact your water and power company to find it if the header pipe at the street contains lead. If there has been no work done in your area for more than thirty years, there is a good chance this also contains lead, as well. They will also be able to tell you if this can be replaced by a private plumber. Different cities have different restrictions. Only they can advise you and your plumber as to the rules they have set.
No system is perfect and no water is as pure as the Earth’s water circa day one. However, there are many different options for cleaner drinking and cooking water for you and your family.