It's your water; do you want to know what's in it?

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The characteristics of your water are critical. But have you had it tested recently?

How much chlorine is in your water? What is the hardness of your water? How many dissolved solids are in your water? What other toxins might be in your water?

A recent consumer survey indicated that homeowners wanted four things for their family's water: Overall water quality throughout the home; water that is virtually free of toxins; softer water for healthier, softer skin; and water to make appliances last longer and work better.

In order to provide the desired quality of water throughout the home, toxin-free water, softer water and better water for appliances, homeowners must have their water tested. A one-size-fits-all water filtration system just won't deliver the desired water quality to meet the four criteria desired.

Hardness, chlorine, total dissolved solids, pH, pharmaceuticals or any other contaminants will vary from home to home as well as time of year.

Local PSD annual tap water quality test results are public record and posted on each PSD's website. We recommend reading this report, as well as researching your tap water supply on EWG's National Tap Water Database at ewg.org/tapwater.

Regardless of your tap water source, we recommend having it tested to ensure your family has high quality, safe water. And when choosing a filter for your home, make sure the filter is certified to remove contaminants, if any, that might be found in your tap water.

For more information on how you can safeguard your home's water supply, visit the Water Quality Association at wqa.org, or call a local water treatment professional.

Chris Lane is the owner of Culligan Water Conditioning of the Low Country, serving Beaufort, Jasper and Hampton counties. culliganhhi.com

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