Is the drinking water you consume really safe? Is it enough that you have a water filter system at home? Rather, is your water filter system efficient and reliable?

Heavy metals, PCBs, prescription and over-the-counter drugs, viruses and parasites, organic and inorganic organisms, and disinfection byproducts – these could all be lurking in your water. The problem with these substances is they are mostly odorless, tasteless, and colorless. While the water you’re drinking may appear pure and clean, you may be ingesting many chemicals and germs.

The simplest solution would be to test your water before and after filtration. This way, you’ll know if your water is properly treated and if your water filter system is doing its job.

Specific Reasons Why You Need to Test Your Water

Whatever your water source is, there is reason to believe that it may not be properly treated. There are about 20,000 violations committed against the Safe Drinking Water Act, which involves 20 percent of water municipalities. There are over 4,000 cases of waterborne illnesses annually that are associated with drinking water, the Center for Disease Control (CDC) stated.

To give you an idea of why you need to test your water, here are some helpful reasons:

  • Tap Water: The Hidden Hazards of ChlorinationMost municipalities use chlorine to filter out water. While chlorine successfully removes germs and pathogens from the water, it leaves behind dangerous chemicals called disinfection byproducts (DBPs), such as volatile organic compounds and trihalomethanes. These form when chlorine interacts with organic compounds left in the water.

    DBPs are carcinogenic substances that can damage your internal organs, including your kidneys and liver, and disrupt your endocrine functions.

  • Well Water: Why It Needs TestingAre you using well water at home? There is a chance that the well water you’re using is not regulated properly or is actually unregulated. Well water is often exposed to pesticides and herbicides and may contain nitrates. Underground water may also gather pollutants from sewage.

    Heavy metals may also be present in groundwater because of industrial and mining practices. This includes arsenic and lead. These impurities can affect the taste and odor of ground water.

  • Water Filters: Not All of Them Are ReliableThere are various types of water filters. Have you checked the limitations of yours? If you have a carafe pitcher, you should immediately replace it. These types of filters are only designed to improve water taste and odor. They are not capable of removing DBPs, chlorine, or heavy metals. An effective water filter system should be able to remove heavy metals, fluoride, chlorine, and even DBPs.

Another reason why you should test your water is that municipalities only test for chemicals, pesticides, and other contaminants in their water every three years, or depending on their special permit.

Some waterborne side effects are not immediate, but when they strike, they turn out to be serious. So, take initiative. Test your water today!

Laila Sanders prides herself in being a natural health advocate and integrating healthy practices to her lifestyle. During her free time, she keeps a blog concerning these practices and their benefits. Recently, she wrote about the advantages of having your own water filter system, as well as a water testing kit.