Water filters, from the one installed in your refrigerator’s water dispenser to the Brita pitcher that you fill at the sink, provide some protection against contaminants like lead, arsenic, nitrate, barium, and radium and others. While these filters do improve drinking water, especially compared to drinking straight from the tap, do they provide enough protection? Water testing shows us that the answer is no.
Too many consumers have been misled into believing that simply using one of these filters will remove all impurities. The filters themselves indicate on the packaging that they only remove as low as 50 percent of some chemicals. This information is typically in the fine print on the back of a box and gets overlooked or ignored completely.
To be completely sure about the quality of your water, you will want to have professional water testing performed by a trusted company like Atlantic Blue Water Center. This is important for all homeowners. Those in new developments may have pipes installed improperly, while those in older homes could have leaking pipes or water contamination. Even if you feel secure with your home’s water supply it can be good to take your water to an approved facility for water testing to ensure it is safe.