Hey Austin, Texas - What's On Tap?
Clean drinking water is the essence of life! Our body is made of 70% water, and although a human being can survive a month or more without food, a week without water can be fatal.
Water has so many health benefits that the U.S. Centers for Disease Control & Prevention (CDC) recommends drinking no less than eight 8-ounce glasses of water every single day.
So, it’s no secret that water and wellness are linked. Luckily, the majority of Americans do have access to tap water. But with tap water, comes contaminants. There are so many health risks related to water tainted with contaminants and viruses, and other pollutants. We often take good, clean drinking water for granted.
That's where we step in.
Water quality for us is so important. It tells us if our drinking water contains contaminants that may cripple our health. Some harmful contaminants can come from the natural environment, such as microbial contaminants in soil or metals in rocks. Other harmful contaminants come from human sources, such as fertilizers, pesticides, industrial, and even household wastes.
Not only do we drink water on a daily basis, but we all also use water on as well. We use it not only to drink, but to bathe in, wash our clothes, water our gardens, cooking, and cleaning. The presence of contaminants in drinking water is not necessarily a health risk in which you need to alert health officials. It is just important to know exactly what is in your water. It’s about being proactive rather than reactive.
The following data is provided by EWG Tap Water Database for the City of Austin. Per their website, It is important to note that the “tap water provided was in compliance with federal health-based drinking water standards.” Water standards have not been updated in nearly 21 years and that legal water quality does not necessarily mean safe. “The best way to ensure clean tap water is to keep pollution out of source water in the first place.”
So, what’s exactly in your tap in Austin, Texas?
Bromochloroacetic acid was found at 248 times above EWG's Health Guideline.
Bromodichloromethane was found at 243 times above EWG's Health Guideline.
Chloroform was found at 50 times above EWG's Health Guideline.
Dibromoacetic acid was found at 49 times above EWG's Health Guideline.
Dibromochloromethane was found at 85 times above EWG's Health Guideline.
Dichloroacetic acid was found at 55 times above EWG's Health Guideline.
Haloacetic acids (HAA5) was found at 186 times above EWG's Health Guideline.
Total trihalomethanes (TTHMs) was found at 295 times above EWG's Health Guideline.
Trichloroacetic acid was found at 53 times above EWG's Health Guideline.
These contaminants are just a few examples of what is actually found in your water. If you are discouraged, please know that we are here to provide you a free water test so that you can test your tap water yourself. It is important to be informed and then you can make the choice to install a filtration system. Another way to push for cleaner water for everyone is to advocate to the elected officials who have a say in water quality – talk to your HOA, your city hall, and the state legislature to Congress all the way to the Oval Office – by asking questions and demanding answers. They work for you!
If you are interested in getting filtered water implemented in your home right away or that free water test, please call 833-ONIT-H2O. We stand ready to serve you!