Most Americans operated under the false assumption that all tap water in the United States was safe to drink. But can your tap water make you sick? Until the Flint, Michigan disaster, people didn’t think much about their tap water – they trusted that their tap water was safe. While the crisis was an extreme case of water contamination, it was not an isolated incident.
Each year, millions of Americans obtain their drinking water from sources that violate the Environmental Protection Agency’s standards (EPA). According to a study, over 80,000 violations of the Safe Drinking Water Act were reported in 2015, which means over 77 million Americans drank contaminated drinking water!
While professional testing is the most accurate way to determine our drinking water, there are a few ways to screen for contaminants using only our senses.