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Water: Practical Suggestions

Find out what is in your water.

  • Public water systems are tested regularly, following federal and state drinking water standards. These test results may be obtained from your supplier.
  • If you receive your water from a public supply, urge your supplier to test for endocrine disrupting compounds. These chemicals are often not targets for testing, as there are few standards regulating them.
  • Private water sources, including wells and springs, should be tested yearly for common contaminants, such as bacteria and nitrate. Occasional additional testing for specific contaminants, such as carcinogens and endocrine disrupting compounds, may be appropriate.

For more information on what to test for in your home water supply and about filtration and treatment devices and their effectiveness against specific contaminants, go to:

If contaminants of concern are found after your water is tested, a water treatment device to remove the contaminant may be appropriate.

Is bottled water a better option?

  • For some water quality problems, such as a highly contaminated groundwater source, bottled water may be the most practical and affordable option.
  • However, bottled water, despite being regulated by the same quality standards as other sources, is not inspected as thoroughly for contamination.
  • And if you drink bottled water, only drink from cool bottles that have not been sitting around in the heat for a long time. If there is a plastic odor to the water, chances are that there has been some leaching of the plastic additives into the water.