Water is the most crucial element of living. We need it to help flush the nastiness out of our bodies, we need it to keep our bodies running efficiently, and we need it to, quite simply, stay alive. So, yeah, water’s important.
How you get your water is a different story, though. Some of you probably live in cities, have a monthly water bill, and get city water delivered right to your faucet. For some of you more country-oriented folks, you rely on your well for water. Let’s look at some perks and drawbacks to each, shall we?
Unless you grew up on a farm and then continued to live there your entire life—and there’s absolutely nothing wrong with that—you’ve probably had some experience with city water in your life. It’s treated at a water treatment plant, you pay a monthly bill for it, and it’s delivered to your house through a series of underground pipes put in place by the city. Here are a few other things you should know about it:
- Your water is tested frequently, and anything that’s found in it is put on public record. Want to know if your drinking water has arsenic in it? You can find out!
- The city is responsible for getting the water to your property, but if something goes wrong on your land, then it becomes your responsibility.
- Most city water is treated with chlorine and a number of other chemicals to kill bacteria that would make the water unsafe. The chlorine, though, is in a small enough concentration to still be considered safe. (The EPA regulates the water treatment process.)
- The water treatment process includes its own filtration process, with sand, gravel, and charcoal filters.
Jut to clarify, we aren’t talking about the old, “Oh no Lassie! Did Timmy fall down the well?” type of well. While there may still be a few of those out there, we’re focusing on modern wells that aren’t just big holes in the ground. Modern wells have pumps and reservoirs to help them maintain pressure, and they require a little more vigilance as a homeowner to make sure everything’s running well. No pun intended.
- No one is responsible for testing your water but you, and you should get it tested frequently. Chemical and bacterial infection is always a concern in well water, but with vigilant testing you’ll know how safe it is.
- Everything about the system is on your property, and you’re responsible for it if it goes awry. This is rarely a concern, but it’s important to keep a close watch on all the equipment. Maintenance is always a better option than buying new.
- A heavy rain can affect your water, maybe making it brown and murky for a while.
- Your well can run dry, which means drilling another one.
Both options are perfectly fine as long as you’re getting clean, safe water. But the thing is, no matter how good the treatment cleans and filters your water or how clean your well water is (it’s often run through a filter before it ever gets to you), running your water through another filter is always a good idea. Just to be safe, you know? Whether it’s a pitcher or a tap filter, just make sure your water is clean before it gets into your body.