June 15, 2021

3 Steps To Know What’s In Your Water

Ever found yourself sipping a cool glass of H20 and thought, “I wonder what’s in my water?” 

Or maybe the quality of the water in your favorite residential or commercial water cooler has never crossed your mind. 

All these years, you’ve been sipping your tea or enjoying a quick drink between meetings without ever thinking about what else you might be consuming.

Here’s the truth about what’s in your water and what you can do to make sure every glass of water you pour is the best quality possible.

  1. What’s in water, besides… water?

You may remember from science class that water is made up of hydrogen and oxygen. But what else surrounds H20 molecules when water comes pouring out of your tap? 

  • Drinking water naturally contains bacteria, usually in small amounts, and that bacteria is kept under control thanks to the addition of chlorine. 
  • Water may also contain a variety of other compounds like calcium that are harmless and may even be beneficial.

But in some areas, drinking water also contains contaminants that can put consumers at risk. The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) sets the standards for what constitutes safe tap water in the United States. That includes regulating possible contaminants including more than 65 chemicals such as:

  • Arsenic
  • Lead
  • Copper
  • Nitrate
  • Asbestos
  • Fluoride
  • Mercury
  • Barium
  • Cyanide
  • Nickel
  • Thallium

Of course, that list is just the beginning of what the EPA keeps an eye on and what can be in your drinking water. Water may also contain organic material like 

  • soil and dirt
  • pesticides
  • Fertilizer
  • parasites 
  • Yeast

 Some of these non-water compounds are benign. Others can make people seriously ill.

  1. How do you know what chemicals are in your drinking water?

You can find out more about your local water supply by asking your supplier for a Consumer Confidence Report (CCR). This report will tell you about any contaminants found in the water but will not account for contaminants introduced after the testing point or between tests. See your specific area’s water quality. 

The only way to accurately gauge the type and amounts of chemicals in your drinking water is to have it tested. 

You can do this on your own, by buying an at-home test, or take advantage of various services that will either come to your house or office or have you collect and submit a sample to their lab for off-site analysis.

  1. How can you minimize the amount of harmful chemicals in your drinking water?

Stonybrook Water coolers filter water from your own readily available water source, using a multi-stage process that removes everything from dirt and rust to chlorine and lead. 

For less than about $2 per day (including all service, maintenance, and even filter changes), you can enjoy worry free water that you know is safe for you and your family or your entire work team.

Want to ensure you always have a positive answer to the question, “What’s in my water?” 

Contact the water experts at Stonybrook today to learn how you can get delicious, fresh water, wherever you need it.

 

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