Contaminated water is a nightmare for many homeowners. But for more of them than you might think, contaminated water is very much a reality.
The good news is that it just got easier to tell whether your own water might also be contaminated. The Environmental Working Group (EWG) rolled out a new Tap Water Database that gives a deep dive into what's really lurking in your water pipes. The bad news is that you might be in for a very unpleasant surprise.
After all, the EWG found a whopping 267 different contaminants across the country, and these include extremely concerning ones like lead and nitrate. On top of that, more than 40,000 water systems tested positive for cancer-causing substances. These levels also topped federal or state health guidelines.
"The vast majority of utilities are in compliance with federal regulations, but their water still often contains contaminants in concentrations exceeding the levels that scientists say pose health risks," the EWG said in a statement.
If you use municipal water, it might be a good idea to check the database to inspect the water quality. All you have to do is plug in your zip code here and you'll be able to see the results.
However, if you use well water, then it's recommended to get your water tested. The most comprehensive testing can be done by contacting local laboratories certified by Environmental Lab Approval Program.
Stay safe when you hydrate!