Fact: A person can live for around a month without food, but only a few days without water. This is how fundamental water is for human life. Millions of people die every year from diseases such as cholera by drinking unclean water, which is why it’s critical that you make sure your drinking water is safe for consumption. Contamination can occur at any stage of water distribution, be it at the source or in your water tank at home, therefore certain measures must be followed to successfully protect water from harmful contaminants. While ensuring the quality of water at the source and at distribution is out of your control, there are several other measures you can take to maintain water quality at home:
If the pipes that carry water are of poor quality, water can easily be contaminated while its being distributed around the house. In order to ensure that your plumbing works properly and is of good quality, you will have to carry out annual inspections. You should also check other fixtures such as the double check valve assembly, which is a device designed to prevent the reverse flow of water in order to protect it from being contaminated. Other such valves and faucet should be inspected for signs of rust and damage. If you get your water from a well, you will need to carry out an annual test for water quality, as well as an inspection of the well pumps.
Even if you ensure that your plumbing is of perfect quality, it will be in vain if the containers used to hold are unclean, eventually making the water unsafe for drinking. Regular cleaning of containers such as water bottles, jugs and pitchers with a few drops of unscented chlorine and water is the only way to ensure the purity of containers that hold water. In addition to water containers, water filters and other treatment systems should be properly maintained, ideally as instructed by the manufacturer. It is also wise to call a professional to check on the system once in a while to ensure that it functions properly.
Sinks and drains should be cleaned and disinfected regularly to prevent the spread of microorganisms that might accumulate in such areas. When using a hose or any other device that is generally used for non-drinking purposes it’s important to not connect it to any drinking water faucets. It’s also recommended that you drain, flush and clean your water heater regularly as it could be a breeding ground for microorganisms.