How safe is your drinking water? Go to www.state.nj.us/dep/swap/creport.htm to see how likely it is that your public water supply contains any of seven types of contaminants.
Who sets guidelines for drinking water safety? Each state has its own standards. The New Jersey Drinking Water Quality Institute (www.state.nj.us/dep/watersupply/njdwqinstitute.htm) "is responsible for developing maximum contaminant levels (MCL) or standards for hazardous contaminants in drinking water and recommending these standards to the Commissioner of the N.J. Department of Environmental Protection (NJDEP)."
Want to improve the safety and taste of your drinking water? There are a number of home water filtration methods available, including carbon filtering, reverse osmosis, and distillation. The following articles discuss the available options. By weighing the pros and cons of each, you can choose a method that best fits your needs.