Access to a clean water supply is perhaps one of the most important considerations for both home and business owners - particularly with regard to overall quality of living. Water quality issues can arise no matter where one lives - whether it's a contaminated well in a suburban neighborhood or undetected sections of lead piping in a business structure.
Property owners must always consider the fact that water quality issues could cause occupants to develop health complications over time resulting in injury or even death. For business owners in particular, this could result in lawsuits and other expenses that hinder their financial ability to continue operations.
Depending on the type of issue at hand, there are numerous avenues one can take to both improve the quality of one's water supply and prevent further complications from arising. Here are six industry professional-recommended steps you can take to ensure your next glass of water is clearer than ever:
Request a water quality test from a certified laboratory
The first step any property owner who suspects poor water quality should take is to request the services of a state-certified water quality testing laboratory to determine the exact problem and cause. It is also recommended to call an unbiased water quality expert who can provide further insight and suggestions to rectify the problem, according to The Spruce.
Use infrastructure testing, removal and installation services
If the water quality issue is determined through testing to have been caused by your property's infrastructure - such as lead-based or corroded piping - home and business owners should call for the necessary testing, removal and installation services. Any pieces or sections that test higher than 0.25% for lead should be replaced with lead-free piping.
Install water filtration systems, if needed
If water quality control is out of a particular property owner's hands due to a main water supply issue, it may be necessary to install water filtration systems, such as whole-house and point-of-entry filters or reverse osmosis systems. This is recommended especially for homeowners with infrastructure-related issues in addition to repairs.
Clean water filtration and heating infrastructure
While some tools are built into your water infrastructure to help filter and clean it, they can also present issues that tarnish your water quality, rather than help it. It is recommended that property owners regularly clean out their filters and faucet aerators to prevent bacteria and contaminant development. Water heaters should also be drained on an annual basis for similar reasons.
Identify contaminant issues and conduct water treatment
Depending on the nature of the issue surrounding one's water quality, property owners can either tackle the problem completely or further eliminate it by conducting the appropriate water treatment. For example, the removal and replacement of contaminated piping can be followed up with acid neutralization or ozone treatments, while and bacteria buildup can be mitigated with ultraviolet light or chlorination, according to PennState Extension.
Establish health water supply-flushing routines
To prevent further water quality issues in your home or business, one should establish a routine to help keep the water supply fresh. For example, the use of cold water for drinking and cooking does not allow for any contaminants in your piping to dissolve and reach your drinking glass, according to DC Water. Running the water supply after it has been sitting unused for a certain period of time can help to reduce the growth of bacteria.
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