Life has many necessities, and perhaps none is greater than having access to safe drinking water. We drink, bathe, cook and clean with it. But how much do we really know about the water that flows out of our faucets?
We do know that some regions fare better than others where contaminants are concerned. Lead, bacteria and nitrates can potentially make their way into our water supply—a concern recently brought to the forefront in the debate over the negative effects of mining natural gas through the process hydraulic fracturing, or “fracking.” But is your tap water really unsafe for regular use and consumption? Moreover, it actually less safe than most bottled water?
Grand Junction Water: What You Need to Know
Tap water comes from one of two sources: surface water (including reservoirs, rivers, and lakes) or groundwater, which is collected in deep wells. But before it arrives in your tap, your bathtub or your water glass, your H2O undergoes a lengthy disinfection process which destroys the harmful organisms, such as bacteria and parasites.
Moreover, the perceived benefits of bottled water aren’t always accurate. In most places, because of the processes described above, tap water is just as safe to drink as bottled water—and, according to blind taste tests, just as tasty as well. Not to mention that while bottled water can indeed be more convenient and certainly more trendy than tap water, it’s also more considerably more expensive and, from an environmental perspective, exponentially more wasteful. So in reality, your tap water has been getting quite a bad rap.
Who Tests the Water in Grand Junction, CO?
In Grand Junction, the Department of Public Works and Planning evaluates our water (they’ve performed more than 26,000 tests in the past year alone). The source of our water is the Grand Mesa, which is governed by the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment‘s regulations. There’s good news for Grand Junction residents, too: our water is exceptionally high-quality.
In a world where so many people have to trek miles every day to fetch their water from the nearest stream, we’re incredibly fortunate to live in a place where clean, safe water is available at the turn of a tap. It’s would then seem like common sense to take advantage of this great privilege, instead of shelling out money for something that comes into our homes at an extremely low cost.
That being said, a relative few people in the US do live in areas where the local tap water is determined to be unsafe, or is bad-tasting, and therefore see bottled water as the only alternative. Other people have no problem drinking tap water at home, but they find it more convenient to carry bottled water when they’re out and about, since they can’t count on having a tap to get water from everywhere they go. Fortunately, there are ways to get around these problems. With two simple and relatively inexpensive tools—a water filter and a reusable bottle—you can enjoy tap water that’s just as clean, tasty, and convenient to use as bottled water, and far less pricey.
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