How Often You Should Test Your Tap Water
The importance of testing your drinking water, therefore, cannot be overemphasized.
Experts from the Environmental Protection Agency and municipal water systems often recommend testing your tap water annually for pH levels, total coliform bacteria, inorganic chemicals, disinfectants and their by-products, radionuclides, and even levels or amounts of chlorine.
Some of these contaminates have dangerous side effects and can trigger issues such as vomiting, gastrointestinal illness, diarrhea, pneumonia, and nausea. Even disinfectants added to tap water in order to get rid of or control microbes have health risks such as eye and nose irritation, anemia, stomach discomfort as well as nervous system effects.
Radionuclides increase the risk of kidney toxicity and cancer and generally come from the erosion of the natural deposits of some minerals that are known to be radioactive or from decay from human-made deposits.
Your tap water also has the following contaminates: