Concerns About Drinking Water Rising Along with Temperatures
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Summer months mean rising temperatures and more outdoor activities, making it even more important to ensure members of your family are properly hydrated. According to the Dieticians of Canada, at least two to three liters of water should be consumed each day. With a recent survey finding that 75 percent of North Americans have growing concerns over the quality of their water, Culligan International, a world leader in the treatment of water, is offering consumers helpful tips on how to ensure the water they drink is clean and safe.
"For years, we've taken the safety of our water for granted," said Rick Cook, Manager of Industry and Regulatory Affairs for Culligan. "But our aging infrastructure has heightened the risks of harmful impurities such as lead, sulfide and iron contaminating our water supply. Thousands of water systems around the country show excess levels of contamination and with the average person using 189 liters of water each day, access to clean, safe drinking water is critical."
According to Cook, there are a few important steps homeowners can take to ensure clean safe water, including:
- Know where water contamination can occur. Water impurities are not just limited to the water source, but can also happen in the distribution system after treatment from the local municipality or private well has already occurred. While many naturally occurring chemicals and impurities from local land practices can be filtered at the source, unsafe amounts of lead can enter water from lead service pipes. These issues are commonly found in homes built prior to 1986 when lead pipes, fixtures and solder were regularly used.
- Educate yourself on the filtration system currently in place at your home. Water treatment solutions such as water softeners, reverse osmosis systems and specialty filters eliminate specific impurities that may be found in your water, while charcoal pitchers and refrigerator cartridges do not.
- Pay Attention. Corroded plumbing fixtures, unpleasant odours, disagreeable taste, discoloured water and even shortened appliance lifespan are signs of trouble.
- Schedule a test to identify impurities in your water. Because water contamination can happen at any time and/or through a local municipality, an underground well or a homeowner's own pipes, it is important to have your water tested by a water expert who can determine the necessary steps to eliminate any harmful impurities that may be present. While testing can be done at any time, Culligan recommends scheduling a water test especially after moving into a new house, if appliances that use water are collecting residue or burning out, and as soon as you notice a change in your water's taste, odour or appearance. Well water should also be tested whenever any changes in your water such as colour, taste, odour or cloudiness are noticed.
"Whether you're biking, running, walking or simply offering a glass of water to your child, drinking water is integral to all of our lives," said Larry Holzman, Sr. Vice President, Culligan North American Franchise.
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