Understanding Water Quality In Residential Apartments And Whether It Is Safe To Drink

The Earth is approximately 70% water, yet only a very small fraction of this is usable by humans. The water we drink and use for other purposes is part of a never-ending cycle. It evaporates from the sea and other large bodies of water. This evaporated water forms clouds which, when the air temperature and pressure are right, causes rain. The rain then trickles back into the large water bodies, such as reservoirs. This water is then treated before it is sent to homes and residential apartments across the country.

Why It Needs Treating

When the water has evaporated and formed clouds it is effectively pure and safe to drink. Unfortunately, when it is back on the ground it has to travel across the soil and through the rocks to get to the reservoirs. During this journey, the water picks up contaminants. Many of these are introduced into the environment by man, such as pesticides. 

Of course, these contaminants make the water unsafe. 

That’s why water treatment plants have to filter the debris out of the water and add chlorine to kill pathogens. This water then leaves the treatment plant and meets government standards for safe water.

Safety In Residential Apartments

Unfortunately, this is not the end of the journey. There is no guarantee that the water in residential apartments is safe to drink. That’s why you should  invest in a reverse osmosis filtration system. This will remove the contaminants and ensure you are drinking clean and safe water. 

The main issue is that the water must travel miles through pipes from the treatment plant to your apartment. It’s impossible to monitor all these pipes all the time. In other words, a small crack could appear, allowing bacteria and other contaminants into the water. You wouldn’t know about it until you afterwards. Depending on what has got into the water it may be too late!

Alongside this, it is not possible to confirm what all the other residents in your building are doing. In practice, there should be safety measures in place in all plumbing systems. But, in reality, it is difficult to know what other residents are doing and whether anything is feeding back into the water supply when it shouldn’t. This can cause a long list of potential issues, especially as people will be unaware of the problem.

Again, the safest way to prevent this from being an issue is to invest in your own filtration system and have confidence that your water is safe to drink. 


If you really want to know what quality of water you have in, a residential apartment then you should have a water test done. Naturally, this is only valid for that moment in time but it will help you understand how good, or bad, your water quality is. 

Because water quality can change all the time, it is worth fitting a water filtration system. After all, you don’t want to test the water every time you need to turn on a faucet. 


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