Hurricanes, floods, or water pipe breakage can all result in an emergency situation where regular water service is disrupted or discontinued. In these situations, it is recommended to only use bottled water or water that has been properly disinfected for drinking, cooking, washing dishes and even for brushing your teeth. Boiling water will kill most microorganisms such as pathogenic bacteria, viruses and protozoa that may be in the water.
Bottled water is your best choice. But may not always be available to you.
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This is called a CCR – Consumer Confidence Report.
The federal government requires specific information to be included in the reports.
The EPA lists:
- The lake, river, aquifer, or other source of the drinking water.
- A brief summary of the risk of contamination of the local drinking water source.
- The regulated contaminant found in local drinking water.
- The potential health effects of any contaminant detected in violation of an EPA health standard.
- An accounting of the system’s actions to restore safe drinking water.
- An educational statement for vulnerable populations about avoiding Cryptosporidium (a microscopic parasite).
- Educational information on nitrate, arsenic, or lead in areas where these contaminants may be a concern.
- EPA’s Safe Drinking Water Hotline number.
- Phone numbers of additional sources of information, including the water system.
When should you test your water quality?
- Do you expect to have a new baby?
- Have you had a chemical or fuel spill or a leak near your water supply?
- Are there unexplained illnesses in your family?
How frequently should I test?
Test water every year for total coliform bacteria, nitrates, total dissolved solids and pH levels.
The following chart will help you recognize problems and the possible contaminants.
|Conditions or Nearby Activities:||Test for:|
|Recurring gastro-intestinal illness||Coliform bacteria|
|Household plumbing contains lead||pH, lead, copper|
|Radon in indoor air or region is radon rich||Radon|
|Corrosion of pipes, plumbing||Corrosion, pH, lead|
|Nearby areas of intensive agriculture||Nitrate, pesticides, coliform bacteria|
|Coal or other mining operations nearby||Metals, pH, corrosion|
|Gas drilling operations nearby||Chloride, sodium, barium, strontium|
|Dump, junkyard, landfill, factory, gas station or dry-cleaning operation nearby||Volatile organic compounds, total dissolved solids, pH, sulfate, chloride, metals|
|Odor of gasoline or fuel oil, and near gas station or buried fuel tanks||Volatile organic compounds|
|Objectionable taste or smell||Hydrogen sulfide, corrosion, metals|
|Stained plumbing fixtures, laundry||Iron, copper, manganese|
|Salty taste and seawater, or a heavily salted roadway nearby||Chloride, total dissolved solids, sodium|
|Scaly residues, soaps don’t lather||Hardness|
|Rapid wear of water treatment equipment||pH, corrosion|
|Water softener needed to treat hardness||Manganese, iron|
|Water appears cloudy, frothy or colored||Color, detergents|