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While we talk a lot about drinking water, it's not the only way we are exposed to potential contaminants. Showering is another way we encounter many hazards lurking in water. In this piece, we look at the water quality risks and concerns exist in shower water and what type of shower filters, if any, are effective.

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Water treatment can be confusing. With the ever-growing list of potential contaminants making their way into drinking water, it's hard to know which is the best system for you. In this Tips for Taps piece, we take a deep dive into a popular at-home treatment option: Ion Exchange–as we ask: what is an ion exchange (IE) system, how does it work, and is it right for you?

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Given the 80,000+ chemicals on the market, it's no surprise that there are many we just don't know much about. Such chemicals, called "emerging contaminants," enter our drinking water in a variety of ways. In this piece, we ask: what are contaminants of emerging concern, what challenges can they present for researchers and regulators, and how you can protect yourself against the potential risks?

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The pipes that carry your tap water come in a variety of materials–from lead to copper to plastic. With lead piping now illegal and copper piping very expensive, that brings us to one of the most popular plumbing materials today: plastic. But is it safe? We investigate the pros and cons of plastic pipes.

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SimpleWater's Lead In School Water Project is the first web-based application to rank and track every US state in terms of school-related lead exposure, testing and policy. This project’s goal is to provide a free public resource for parents, facility managers and regulators to monitor the latest data on their school’s waterborne lead concentrations.

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What are phthalates and are they dangerous? You can’t smell them, taste them, or perhaps even pronounce them, but phthalates are everywhere. Therefore, due to leaching, weathering and disintegration, they can (and do) make it into many drinking water supplies. Find out what that means for your health.

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Most water treatment plants utilize chlorination, which involves adding chlorine to drinking water, as part of the disinfection process. But, what's the right amount? Chlorine test strips can quickly tell you how much chlorine is in a sample of water, but sometimes, understanding these seemingly simple results can be tricky. To better understand what test strip results mean, read on.

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Not all water is created equal. One way in which water quality varies is the Sodium Adsorption Ratio (SAR). While high SAR is not ultimately an issue of human health, it does have some other consequences–namely when it comes to your garden. In this article, we ask (and answer) what is SAR, can I water my plants if my water has a high SAR, and what to do if my water has high SAR?

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