VALPARAISO | All the testing the city's Water Department does to make sure the water entering the homes is safe isn't enough. The home owner is responsible once the water enters his property.
The American Water Works Association, which sponsors this week's National Drinking Water Week observance, offers these helpful hints for making sure the water customers use is as safe as the water leaving the plant.
- Clean faucets and aerators regularly.
- Clean and disinfect sinks and drains regularly.
- Keep drains clean and unclogged.
- Use cold water for drinking and preparing food.
- Replace old plumbing and install certified "lead free" fixtures.
- Flush cold water taps after household plumbing work or when the water hasn't been used for several days.
- Drain and flush your hot water heater annually.
- Follow the manufacturer's instructions for the water heaters, filters, treatment devices, softeners and any other products attached to the water system.
- Do not connect hoses or other devices intended for non-drinking purposes to household drinking water faucets.
- Keep hazardous chemicals and unsanitary materials away from drinking water faucets.