I’ve been wondering about the safety and quality of the tap water in my city. I’ve always been assured that it’s clean right out the tap. But I spent this past year living rurally with a groundwater well on-site, and when I visited the city I was struck by how bad the tap water tasted to me.
Given its frequency of use in all our lives, I am generally surprised by the lack of discussion around water quality in my circles. It seems like nobody talks about it, and almost everyone I know drinks (and cooks with etc) what I now consider bad-tasting tap water. Does anyone have good leads or resources on this topic? I’d like to learn more and am unsure where to look first.
Some questions under consideration:
What is ‘safe’ to drink?
What makes water quality good vs bad?
Are taste and safety/quality correlated?
Any recommended water quality tests?
To filter or not to filter?
Which filtering methods actually work?
What questions would you be asking?