Is Your Tap Water Safe to Drink?

Living in Houston, there’s no escaping the whispers about the “not-so-sparkling” reputation of our tap water. Jokes about “Houston Hard” flow as freely as the water itself, leaving many wondering: “Is it even safe to drink?”

Worry not, because Show Plumbing is here to clear the pipes on tap water!

Houston’s Tap Water Quality

First things first, yes, Houston’s tap water is generally safe to drink. Our public water system undergoes treatment and testing to meet federal standards. However, contaminants can sneak into your glass through various avenues, leading to concerns about taste, odor, and even health risks.

Even within the past few years, Houston’s water quality has been under supervision as lead was found at least at one water source in 85% of tested schools. There is no known safe level of lead exposure. Lead is a harmful contaminant, even at low levels of exposure lead can be harmful for human consumption. Water quality concerns like this in the Houston area are not uncommon. Most of us Houstonians have experienced a ‘boil water alert’ or received alarming water quality notices from our local water/utility districts. Making it even more important than ever to assess the quality of your tap water and to find a suitable solution that provides you and your home with purified and clean water.

So, what are these unwelcome guests lurking in our water? Let’s dive into common culprits:

  • Chlorine: Yes, the very chemical that keeps our water germ-free can sometimes leave a lingering, unpleasant taste. While typically harmless, high chlorine levels can irritate sensitive stomachs and skin.
  • Arsenic: Arsenic is a naturally forming compound; however, inorganic arsenic compounds found in soil or groundwater may be a result of industrial use of Arsenic. Research has shown Arsenic is a human carcinogen and can cause bladder, lung and skin cancer.
  • Minerals: Houston’s primary water source, the Trinity River, naturally contains high levels of minerals, particularly calcium and magnesium. This “hard water” can cause scale buildup in appliances, leave unsightly stains, and sometimes affect taste.
  • Lead: This one raises alarm bells, and rightfully so. Lead pipes or fixtures, primarily found in older buildings and homes built before 1986, can leach lead into the water, posing a serious health risk, especially for young children.

To get a better picture of your community’s latest water quality report, check out your local utility districts water report. Now, before you run out and buy bottled water by the gallon, let’s talk solutions!

Treating Common Contaminants

There is a wide variety of ways to address concerns with water contamination. Usually, a water purification system is recommended to purify the tap water that is feeding your home or business. Depending on the quality of water, your licensed professional may recommend one of the following water purification systems:

  • Reverse Osmosis Systems: Reverse Osmosis systems are used to block and eliminate any molecules other than H2O from being dispensed from the system. Because of this, these systems are very efficient at eliminating any minerals and harmful contaminants found within your water. On the other hand, they also eliminate minerals that are body uses like calcium and iron. If needed, speak with your licensed professional to discuss the remineralization process.
  • Whole House Water Softener: Whole house water softeners are installed on your main water supply before the water is supplied to the home or building. Water softeners usually are designed to remove minerals like calcium and magnesium through an ion-exchange process. This helps reduce scale buildup within your plumbing system and appliances and leaves you with ‘softer’ water.
  • Whole House Water Filter: Whole house water filters are also installed at the entry point of tap water to the dwelling. Meaning the entire home or building is supplied with filtered water. There is a wide array of whole house water filtrations that can be specifically tailored to your water needs.

Where Show Plumbing Comes In

As licensed plumbers, we’re more than just pipe fixers. We’re your water-quality superheroes! We can:

  • Test your water: We can test your water for various contaminants, giving you peace of mind and a clear picture of your water quality.
  • Install filtration systems: We offer a range of filtration options tailored to your specific water concerns.
  • Soften your hard water: Say goodbye to scale buildup and hello to softer, gentler water.

Remember, knowledge is power, and when it comes to your tap water, knowing what’s in it and how to treat it is key. To learn more about your community’s water, you can go to www.ewg.org, type in your US zip code, and learn more about your communities water report. At Show Plumbing, we’re dedicated to helping you get the crystal-clear, healthy water your family deserves. So, ditch the bottled water worries and call us today at 281-860-2000! We’ll help you turn on the tap to refresh your confidence.

Summing Up

Protecting your family starts with healthy water. Don’t gamble with your loved ones’ well-being. Let us as your trusted and licensed plumber uncover the truth with precise testing. We’ll identify and eliminate any lurking water contaminants, both inside your home and at the source. Invest in your family’s health, one refreshing glass at a time.    Let’s work together by calling us at (281) 860-2000, to eliminate Houston’s water quality concern. Show Plumbing – your partners in crystal-clear H2O happiness!

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