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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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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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While fluoride has been added to drinking water for upwards of 70 years in the United States, fluoride has come into the hot seat in recent years. A study published in the Journal Environmental Health found that areas with a higher proportion of artificially fluoridated water also had a higher prevalence of ADHD in children. Should you be concerned?

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If my water is contaminated, I will know, right? Unfortunately… if you’ve been reading Tips for Taps, you’ll probably know the answer. Some drinking water contaminants are completely impossible to see, smell, or taste. Nitrite and nitrate are two such contaminants, but they are associated with serious health risks, especially for infants and pregnant women.

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Distilled water is a type of purified water that has been boiled until it evaporates–leaving it devoid of impurities. However, “impurities” don’t just include unwanted things. The non-discriminatory removal process also eliminates essential nutrients. As a result, this leaves some arguing that distilled water leaves somethings to be desired. Find out why we recommend you steer clear of drinking distilled water.

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We write a lot about water–how it smells, how it tastes, and primarily, what’s in it. For those of you who test water with us, we write about how your water quality connects with your health. We’ve discussed (many times over) why water quality matters, but until now, we’ve not explained where our tap water come from in the first place…

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Have you ever turned on your faucet expecting clear water and instead see a mysterious red, yellow, or brown liquid? Have you ever noticed rust colored stains on your appliances or slimy red build up in your toilet? Brownish-red is an alarming color to see in your water, but don’t panic–it is most likely iron contamination.

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Have you had your septic system inspected lately? Proper upkeep of your septic system and the quality of your home’s drinking water are often interrelated. In fact, everyday decisions can adversely affect the operation of your septic tank and potentially endanger the quality of your home’s water.

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