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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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If you’ve ever noticed pink slime or residue form around your sink or shower, along the rim of your toilet, or even inside your pet’s water dish–you’re not alone. In fact, it’s a very common, but easily misunderstood issue. Most folks attribute it to a water quality issue. It's not. Find out what causes pink slime, how to get rid of it, and if it's dangerous.

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Whether your water comes from a private well or a municipal water utility, there’s an ongoing risk that something harmful gets into it. Filters can help protect you and your family against potentially dangerous contaminants. Take a look at this guide that explains filter technology and other means of ensuring your drinking water is safe.

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Although some of the risk factors for Alzheimer’s cannot be changed, we can influence other potential causes of the neurodegenerative illness. Environmental exposure is one of those risks we can better manage. In this article, we ask "is there a link between aluminum exposure and Alzheimer's disease?"

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