You have probably heard someone say that you should drink at least 8 glasses of water each day, right? Water is pretty important to your body. It makes up over 60% of your total body weight, including over 75% of your brain. Every day, water does amazing things inside your body. Water helps to keep your body at a constant 98.6° F. Water carries nutrients and oxygen to your cells. Water cushions your joints as you move. Water flushes toxins out of organs and helps you eliminate wastes. Your daily body functions use water that leaves the body through sweat, exhaling, and using the bathroom, so you need to drink new water and fluids into your body every day. please visit our website:

How do you know your drinking water is safe?

Because your drinking water comes from natural sources, it is exposed to pollutants. Anything on the ground or in the air can end up in the water. Some of these things can cause health problems when you drink the water including pollutants like bacteria, lead, and nitrates. There are other pollutants that aren’t dangerous, but cause bad odors and tastes or stain your sinks, such as iron, manganese, and chloride. The United States

Environmental Protection Agency (US EPA) has established Safe Drinking Water Standards, based on research and water testing. The Safe Drinking Water Standards state what amount of each of these pollutants is acceptable in your drinking water.

Has your family ever received a Boil Water Advisory?

When a public water supply fails to meet the Safe Drinking Water Standards for bacteria or a similar pollutant, they are required to notify you and advise you to boil your water before drinking it.

Public drinking water suppliers are required by law to conduct regular tests of their drinking water. The water must meet the US EPA’s Drinking Water Standards. In order to remove pollutants from public drinking water, it goes through a treatment process. Dirt and solid particles are removed through a process known as coagulation (the particles are treated to all clump together) and sedimentation (the heavy clumps settle to the bottom of the water). Then the smaller particles are removed by passing the water through filters. Finally, bacteria and other microscopic living things are killed with a disinfectant, like chlorine, before the finished water is distributed.

In Pennsylvania, private water supplies are not regulated by the EPA or required to meet the Safe Drinking Water Standards. Private well owners are responsible for their own water testing and treatment. There are a number of options available for homeowners to have their well water tested. Choosing what tests to perform on well water is dependent on the potential pollution activities taking place on the land around the well (agriculture, industry, mining, housing, etc.) It is recommended that all wells be tested for bacteria once a year. In addition, tests for pH and Total Dissolved Solids, which are indicators of additional problems, should be completed once every three years. If bacteria or other pollutants are discovered in a private water well, homeowners can install treatment systems in their home to improve their water quality.

Does your household have a private well? Penn State Extension, or the Extension Program in your state, can help you identify a certified water testing facility in your area. When was the last time your water was tested?