Most consumers get their water from public supplies or private wells. If your water comes from a municipal or public supply, it is regularly tested for contaminants regulated by federal standards, such as microbiological pathogens, radioactive elements and toxic organic and inorganic chemical elements. However, it is very important to note that these tests are carried out at source, and the quality of the water produced by the utilities is not necessarily a guarantee of the quality of the water that reaches your home. Over time, pipes degrade and suffer the effects of erosion, and water treatment and distribution systems are affected by unforeseen situations that lead to boil water advisories.
Most municipalities supply drinking water to homes by injecting chlorine into the water pipes. Their goal, however, is to meet minimum federal standards. Chlorine is commonly used to kill organic matter in water to protect the public from diseases such as typhoid, cholera and dysentery. It is also excellent for neutralizing colors and odors. Unfortunately, recent studies have revealed that chlorine by-products can pose serious health risks. These by-products have made headlines across Canada, and documentation of this research is available for your perusal should you wish to conduct your own.
Taking care of your water with a filtration system eliminates your dependence on a supplier and eliminates health risks.