As the the Water Quality Association (WQA) prepares for Drinking Water week- may6-12- they recommend Homeowners concerned about the quality of their drinking water should look first to the community’s annual consumer confidence report (CCR) for basic information on the local water supply.
“We want consumers to know what information is already available to them to check the quality of their drinking water,” said Pauli Undesser, WQA executive director. “Homeowners need good data in deciding whether additional water treatment options should be considered.”
Public treatment plants are required to provide residents they serve with a copy of their CCR by July 1 of each year. The report provides information about what contaminants, if any, are present in the water supply and what impact they may have on residents’ health.
The WQA recommends that homeowners have their water tested by a water treatment professional or certified .
Consumers who don’t pay their own water bills because they rent a house or live in an apartment won’t receive the CCR in the mail and might need to contact the building manager or the utility company for a copy. The reports also are available online.