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What You Can Do for Better Water
Have your water tested—especially if your water comes from a private well or you live near a plant that might use perchlorate or in an area, like parts of California, where chromium-6 is a known a problem, says Pauli Undesser, M.S., director of regulatory and technical affairs of the Water Quality Association. In fact, says Undesser, it’s a good idea for everyone to test their tap water. (Call the EPA’s Safe Water Hotline: 800-426-4791 to locate a laboratory. Cost starts around $20.)
Once you know what’s in your water—mercury, lead from piping or even pesticides—you can choose a filter certified by NSF International or the Water Quality Association to screen specific contaminants. Often, a $20 carbon-based Brita pitcher with a filter will do the trick. Don’t assume that bottled water is better: per the FDA, it must meet the same standards as tap.