1. Get to Know the System
Many people have no understanding of how their public water works. For example, Steubenville and surrounding areas receive water from the Ohio River. A pump station at the river gathers the water and then pushes it into a reservoir. From there, it goes out to the public through the potable water distribution system.
- Contamination from the river
- Faulty purification process at any point along the way
- Contamination from pipes used in the distribution system
2. Check With Outside Sources
Many watchdog groups and environmental entities monitor the potable drinking supplies across the country. Two of the larger groups that keep databases on water supplies include:
- The Environmental Working Group
- The Environmental Protection Agency
3. Test the Water for Yourself
Sometimes the problems with the water you use are obvious:
- Bad taste
- Signs of staining or rust
A DIY kit can help you discover if you have a specific issue, such as too much lead in your water. Using a dedicated lab will let you know about far more.