The Environmental Working Group has a new website with a database of information about local water supplies. This information (nearly 20 million records they say) was obtained from state water officials.

At this page, you can enter your zip code to find out what’s in the water coming out of the tap in your home.

This sort of thing may be more than you wanted to know, but it’s stuff that you probably should know.

How does your water pan out?

5 Responses to “Knowledge”

  1. Chrison 29 Dec 2009 at 10:01 am

    Slightly scary, that! Wow, only 420 tests were required during the testing period and my water company did over 3000?!??

  2. Marshaon 29 Dec 2009 at 4:37 pm

    Did they find anything bad?

  3. MACon 29 Dec 2009 at 9:08 pm

    Well, my Britta pitcher is not one of the filters recommended for the problems with our drinking water. Local system is always over recommended health limits on TTHMs and HAAs. In 2008, they even exceeded EPA maximums for TTHMs. I’ll be shopping for a new filtration system now. Thanks for bringing this to everyone’s attention!

  4. Bethon 02 Jan 2010 at 11:40 pm

    This post reminds me of a question that I’ve been meaning to ask you. Do you have a water softener? We were told by a plumber that we have hard water and need a water softener.

  5. Marshaon 02 Jan 2010 at 11:45 pm

    @Beth: We had a filter on the line that leads to the fridge water dispenser, but it stopped working a while ago, and we haven’t fixed/replaced it yet. We are giving serious thought to installing a reverse osmosis filter under the kitchen sink.