An excellent question!
Many municipalities still use the older, metal-based piping systems put in the ground many years ago when concepts such as sterilization did not enter city planners’ minds. Over time these large systems of metal pipes may have shifted as a result earthquakes, vibrations from vehicles traveling the roads above them, etc. Connections between pipes may have gotten wrenched slightly out of place resulting in the creation of small openings where outside matter such as dust, dirt, debris and harmful bacteria could enter the water supply.
Here’s a fact that many NEW homeowners overlook: While almost all new homes built in the United States use PVC or some other form of high density, metal-free piping to convey water into the residence, they still must connect those brand new plastic pipes to the older metal water pipes coming from their local water supplier.
Remember we said that a lot of the older water systems used metal pipes? What happens to metal over time? It corrodes, right? Where do you think those broken off pieces of metal may wind up? Answer: Your faucet.
The question which naturally follows deals with figuring out the most appropriate way to test the water coming into one’s home, school or place of business. To this end we recommend several different water quality test kits, all regarded by water professionals as some of the most accurate, reliable and easy-to-use water quality test kits in the industry. Oh, and remember that since we DID say ‘easy-to-use’, you won’t need to break out your old chemistry text books from high school.
- WaterSafe All-In-One Drinking Water Test Kit
- Complete Water Quality Test Kit
- Drinking Water Quality Test Kit
Although we keep repeating ourselves, do-it-yourself drinking water test kits serve as great screening tools for the average consumers but no one should ever rely upon them as their sole testing method. Remember: It’s your water, your health, your life.