Drinking water is one of the most essential needs for a living being.
However, not everyone in the country has access to a clean source of water.
In fact, according to a report by the US Water Alliance, more than two million American people are living without any access to a safe source of water used for drinking, sanitation, and hygiene.
The report continues to break down the numbers – concluding that the aforementioned overall figure includes 1.4 million individuals around the country lacking access to any form of indoor plumbing in their dwellings.
This is not to mention the additional quarter-million Puerto Rican households and more than half a million homeless Americans not having basic access to clean water sources.
With recent incidents such as the Flint Water Crisis, the United States’ issues with access to clean water have been propelled to the forefront for all individuals to see – rich and poor, young and old alike.
People from all walks of life all over the country and internationally are soon exposed to this problem plaguing the United States.
Though most authorities are to blame for such failures in ensuring that every American is ensured access to clean and potable drinking water, we as consumers are left to fend for ourselves to ensure that our family gets access to clean and safe drinking water.
We here at Consider The Consumer have compiled an easy-to-follow to-do list one can easily follow to ensure the safety of the water you are to use:
1.> Check your water source. Make sure that you have access to a new and updated indoor plumbing system.
If you are living in an older household or apartment building, make sure to talk to your landlord about the plumbing system used, recent updates taken on them, etc.
Commission for a laboratory test if possible to be extra sure. You can never discount the act of being cautious when it would potentially cause your family’s safety.
2.> If you are unsure of the cleanliness of your water source, boil it for two minutes before drinking. By doing this, you are killing off the harmful microorganisms that are in your water.
3.> Install a water filter. Have a professional plumber or expert to do the installation for you.
Having a filter would help in ensuring that you and your loved ones have the extra layer of protection with regards to the water source.
4.> Before drinking a glass of water, inspect it. Eyeball it and check whether it is murky, has a few particles floating in it, etc. These are just a few of the telltale signs that show that the water is contaminated and unsafe to use.
5.> If you don’t have access to clean potable water, ask for help. Reach out to authorities and non-profit organizations in the area you are living in. They are there to help you out with your concerns.
Editor’s Note on Ensure You And Your Family’s Safety With These Helpful Tips:
This article aims to give you a primer of the only few easy steps you can take to ensure the safety of your water source.
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