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How Does the Tap Score Algorithm Work?

Developed by SimpleLab, the Tap Score algorithm evaluates the potential health, aesthetic, and plumbing effects of your lab-submitted water sample, providing a rigorous yet clear picture of your water quality...

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Volatile Organic Compounds in Drinking Water

What Are VOCs and Are They in Your Drinking Water?

Volatile organic compounds (VOCs) are everywhere. From industry, agriculture, transportation, and everyday household products–once VOCs contaminate drinking water, they can be hard to remove. Learn what VOCs are, how to detect them, the health risks, and...

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Simple Ways to Avoid Arsenic Exposure

Simple Ways to Avoid Arsenic Exposure

While arsenic in no longer a trendy additive to cosmetics or insecticides, the toxic metalloid remains ubiquitous in the environment, as well as in the food and drinks we consume....

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What Happens to Stagnant Water in a Vacant Building?

What Happens to Stagnant Water in a Vacant Building?

From temporary shutdowns like those related to COVID-19 to seasonal occupancy, long periods of reduced water use can lead to a variety of potential hazards when turning the tap back...

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Testing Your Tap Water–Cheaper and Better Than Bottled Water

Testing Your Tap Water–Cheaper and Better Than Bottled Water

We dig into the state of American public water systems, evidence from Tap Score water data, and a cost evaluation which concludes: Tap water wins out over bottled water. Skip...

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Is My Water Ruining My Hair?

Is My Water Ruining My Hair?

Suffering from dry, brittle, or even green tinted hair? While water is often treated to a baseline standard for human consumption, there is still a lot of variability in water...

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Will the EPA’s Updated Lead and  Copper Rule Make School Drinking Water Safer?

Will the EPA’s Updated Lead and Copper Rule Make School Drinking Water Safer?

One of the many proposed changes to the EPA's updated Lead and Copper Rule (LCR) is aimed at creating better practices around lead testing and treatment. Although these drinking water...

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Lithium in tap water

Lithium and Tap Water

While we usually talk about contaminants negatively impacting your health if we find it in drinking water – lithium is a rare example of an element that may actually benefit...

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The Lead In School Drinking Water Database

The Lead In School Drinking Water Database

SimpleLab'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...

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