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Don't Waste Your Money: Is your tap water safe?

Video Credit: WCPO Cincinnati
Published on October 30, 2019 - Duration: 01:28s

Don't Waste Your Money: Is your tap water safe?

And if it's not, what's the best purifier to ensure that it is?

John Matarese takes a look.

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Don't Waste Your Money: Is your tap water safe?

REPORTS OF LEAD IN DRINKINGWATER HAVE SOUNDED ALARM BELLSIN SEVERAL COMMUNITIES ACROSSTHE COUNTRY.

MAYBE THAT'S GOTYOU WONDERING WHAT'S IN YOURTAP WATER, AND HOW SAFE IS IT?THE ANSWER ISN'T ALWAYS EASYTO FIND OUT.MOST MUNICIPAL WATER IN THE USAPPEARS TO BE SAFE TO DRINK,ACCORDING TO EPA DATA....ANDCINCINNATI WATER WORKS IS TOPRATED FOR CLEANLINESS.

BUT HOWTO KNOW IF THE WATER PASSINGTHROUGH YOUR OLD PIPES ISSAFE?"Finding out if your water issafe enough to drink can takesome time, effort and money.But it's definitely worthdoing."IF YOU'RE CONNECTED TOA COMMUNITY WATER SYSTEM YOUSHOULD RECEIVE AN ANNUAL WATERQUALITY REPORT CALLED A CCR,OR CONSUMER CONFIDENCE REPORT.IF YOU USE A PRIVATE WELL ,YOU WON'T GET A CCR, SOCONSUMER REPORTS RECOMMENDSPAYING FOR A WATER TEST.

YOUSHOULD ALSO GET YOUR WATERTESTED IF YOU LIVE IN AN OLDERCINCINNATI NEIGHBORHOOD THATMAY STILL HAVE LEAD PIPES.

TOTEST YOUR WATER, THE EPARECOMMENDS USING A CERTIFIEDLAB.

YOU CAN FIND A LAB ON THEEPA'S WEBSITE.

IF THE TESTFINDS CONTAMINANTS IN YOURWATER, THE RIGHT FILTER WILLCLEAN IT UP."For multiple or high levelsof contaminants, a reverseosmosis system is recommended.If your main concern isimproving taste and odor, thefilters that are used inpitchers are actually reallyaffordable and work great.Some can even handle moreserious contaminants likelead."CONSUMER REPORTSMAGAZINE SAYS ONLY ONEPITCHER-STYLE FILTER--PURULTIMATE WITH LEAD REDUCTION--EARNED AN EXCELLENT RATING.

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