Nationwide more than one trillion gallons of water leak from homes each year. For those not familiar with the term Trillion, it looks like this: 1,000,000,000,000. Now THAT’S a lot of zeros! Additionally, an average American household can waste an estimated 11,000 gallons of water because of running toilets, dripping faucets and other household leaks in just one year. (source)
What does this have to do with drinking water or testing your drinking water? Not a whole lot, but just remember that our planet only has so much potable and potentially potable water available and that every gallon wasted means one less gallon we will have later. Scientists, scholars and water industry professionals work diligently each day to find new ways to recycle/process all forms of ‘used’ water and make it safe for human consumption. For most of us, though, the idea of drinking water that very recently came out of someone else’s toilet does not sound all that appealing.
For that reason, as well as for the ever-popular ‘saving money on utility bills’ reason, all of us here at Water Testing Blog encourage everyone to take a look around their home, office or apartment for dripping faucets, leaky pipes, running toilets, etc. — and FIX them immediately.
Oh, and as always, if your water tastes funny, looks funny, smells funny or simply just makes you nervous, get it tested by a Certified Laboratory right away or use a reputable at-home drinking water test kit to do a preliminary evaluation. Note: Nothing takes the place of a Certified Water Analysis when dealing with potential health risks.
After the testing, if the testing shows that your water could use a little help, follow the advice of qualified water professionals and install the proper water filtration system(s) so that you can cook with, drink, bathe in and use safe, healthy water.