Is Faucet Water Safe to Drink?
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It’s costly to use bottled water as a household’s main drinking water supply. The plastic bottles pile up quickly whether they go into the trash or the recycling. Most bottled water is pumped from municipal supplies, then filtered and sold at a considerable markup. Many people have considered using their tap water instead but wonder if it is actually safe to drink. There are some legitimate concerns about tap water quality, including from the kitchen faucet itself.
Water Supply Safety
The quality of the faucet is second in concern to the general water supply quality. Public water supplies may have measurable levels of pharmaceuticals, lead, bacteria, and other contaminants. If the water coming through the faucet is contaminated, it is not necessarily the faucet’s fault. Check quality reports from the EPA for your local water supply to find out what’s coming out of the tap first and address it with proper filtration.
Faucet Materials Matter
The materials that make up a faucet affect how safe it is to use for drinking water. Cheap faucets can be made with lead, other low-quality metals and plastics that release BPA. A full house water filtration system is useless when the contamination is coming directly from the faucet. Only purchase faucets with NSF certification for potable water use. Everything from a reliable supplier like Kingston Brass will carry all the right credentials to reassure buyers of product safety.
Installing a separate filtered faucet can provide a direct source of trustworthy water for drinking and cooking. The biggest benefit to a separate faucet is to reduce wear and tear on the filter. Using it only for drinking water and nothing else makes it possible to stretch the replacement period to months instead of just weeks. This cuts the costs of water filtration significantly. A second drinking water faucet also allows the main sink to stay open for cleaning dishes and other chores that don’t require filtration.