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Drinking Water Awareness Week starts today

Published May 02, 2011 | By Maggie Shader

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s Drinking Water Week begins today. This year’s theme is “water: celebrate the essential,” which puts the focus on public drinking water. Protecting and reinvesting in water infrastructure is important to the health of people all across the U.S.

You should be aware of what contaminants are in your water. One way to find out is to check your consumer confidence report, or CCR. The Environmental Protection Agency requires utilities provide a CCR to customers annually. The CCR might also be printed in your local newspaper or on your local government website.

Depending on your water quality you may not need a filter, but if you choose to buy one you can match a filter to the contamination problem in your water. Claims about contaminant removal will vary from product to product, so read the fine print. For more advice you can check out our Water filter buying guide.

The U.S. has one of the safest public drinking water supplies in the world. Over the past 100 years, disinfection treatment practices and environmental regulations, have improved our domestic water quality. Such efforts have also led to a decrease in incidences of waterborne diseases. Sources of drinking water, however, can still become contaminated.

For the names of state-certified water testing labs or for your local health authority you can also call the EPA's Safe Drinking Water Hotline at 800-426-4791.

Source: Consumer Reports
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