If you look around the internet you’ll find that there is a plethora of information out there that might convince you that your tap water is unsafe or undrinkable. A lot of this information might be spread by companies that would benefit from you thinking that your water in your home is hazardous to your health in one way or the other.
It can be difficult to know what is right or wrong. In this article, we’ll go through some of the considerations you should take into account before making a decision to buy a water filter.
Is your water safe to drink?
The answer to this question is almost always a simple one: yes. Tap water in nearly every place in the United States is perfectly safe for all home uses including drinking. A water filter might make the water taste cleaner, but it doesn’t necessarily make it any safer to drink.
A lot of people regularly buy bottled water to replace the drinking water that they can get from the tap. The reality is that bottled water is not very strictly regulated, while the water coming through your tap is provided by, and regulated by your local utility companies and government bodies. In this case, it’s just as safe (if not even safer) to drink water from your tap than it is to drink bottled water. There are even studies that say plastic water bottles might leak carcinogens into the water over, which are hazardous to your health.
As a general rule, your tap water will be safe to drink anywhere in the United States barring extremely uncommon, specific situations.
Why should you get a water filter?
Even though your tap water might be safe to drink, that doesn’t necessarily mean that it is enjoyable to drink. In many places in the country, water might have a distinctive odor or taste to it because of minerals, chemicals, or residue in the local water sources.
This variety of elements can make drinking tap water unpleasant, but that doesn’t mean you should immediately turn to bottled water. In most cases, a simple, inexpensive water filtration system can remove up to 95% of chemicals, minerals, and impurities that might be preset in your home’s tap water. In addition, the cost of a water filter over time is enormously more efficient than continually buying bottled water for drinking. Even expensive water filters can save your hundreds (or even thousands) of dollars per year.
The bottom line is, if the tap water in your area does indeed have a distinctive taste or odor to it that is unpleasant to you, buying a water filter is far and away the best option over buying hundreds of water bottles per month. Not only will you have the peace of mind that your water is safe, but you will save a ton of money.
Overall, the decision to buy a water filter or not will depend on your circumstances, and the overall quality of the water in your geographic area.