By Matt Thomas
As this week officially marks the official celebration of National Drinking Water Week, we challenge you become more educated on your drinking water.
The American Water Works Association has been celebrating National Drinking Water week for over 35 years to recognize the vital role water plays in our daily lives. In order to do this, we provided you with some simple steps to take:
1) Drink Up! – We challenge you to drink 8 cups of water a day and feel the difference. The health benefits of water have been preached for years, but how many people do you know actually drink 8 cups a day? Come on people, 2/3 of our bodies are made up of water! It’s time to drink up and start nourishing our bodies with the second most essential resource known to mankind.
2) Test the Waters– When it comes to drinking water, making sure that our water is safe and clean goes beyond measure. The more educated we become on this topic, the more we will be able to make the necessary improvements. Here are some topics to consider:
- Water Regulation Varies by State- Although all states are required to comply with the Safe Drinking Water Act set forth by the EPA at a federal level, any other additional regulations are implemented by the individual state itself. Make sure you check out your area’s water quality report to see how your state racks up.
- Everyone’s Pipes Are Different- Water test results could vary from the time they are tested at the source, travel through your pipes, and then come out of your tap.This is a picture of a corroded pipe from Massachusetts- a state with some of the oldest water infrastructure in the world.
- Make A Move!- Don’t just stand there, do something about it! If you care about the health and safety of yourself and family, then it would make sense to care about the quality of your water. So after you check your city’s water quality reports, make sure you test your own household’s water. There are even ways to test your water for free. Here in Massachusetts, Premier Water Systems out of Walpole, MA, offers a free water analysis in both Massachusetts and Rhode Island. If you’re unable to find a free water analysis test in your area, investing in a TDS (Total Dissolved Solids) Tester is another trusted way of measuring your water quality. These will typically run you from about $20-$30.
3) Be Thankful!– How lucky are we in the United States to pay less than 1 cent a gallon for the most essential resource for survival second to air? If a gallon of water was as expensive as an iPhone, would we still value it like we do now? The more conscious you become about the importance of water in our lives, the more thankful you become. We may have the luxury of accessible drinking water, but others aren’t so lucky. It’s important that we give back by contributing to people who have to travel miles every day just for clean water. Give back to help out those in need, or give back just BeCause…