By the time it travels from the water treatment plant to your tap, it may have picked up a number of contaminants such as heavy metals, chemicals and unwanted minerals that can affect the quality of your drinking water.
No matter where you live, by the time water reaches your tap, chances are it will have come in contact with a variety of different pipes. Even if you live in a brand new apartment or renovated house, the water would have travelled through old mains and domestic pipes, some as old as 50 years.
Used as mains pipes; prone to corrosion as it ages.
Used in domestic plumbing; soft in nature and joined together by solder which can contain lead.
Used in new constructions; resistant to corrosion and limescale build up.
Chlorine is a chemical used by water treatment plants in Australia to reduce bacteria, viruses and microorganisms to ensure drinking water quality. Whilst it’s not harmful, the overwhelming scent makes water unpleasant to drink.
Limescale build up is a common occurrence affecting those living in moderate to hard water areas such as Perth, Adelaide and parts of Queensland. Whilst this isn't harmful to our health, hard water often results in the unpleasant smell, taste and mouthfeel when drinking.
Heavy metals such as lead, can leach into water from pipes, solder, fixtures and faucets (brass) and fittings. Some pipe are fitted with lead based solder (prior to 1986).
The amount of lead in your water also depends on a number of factors including: how long the water stays in the pipes; the age of the pipes; and water acidity and its temperature.
One of the most common issues with aging pipes is corrosion (also known as rust). Usually it forms a sediment that settles on the bottom of the pipes and remains there until stirred up by repairs to the pipes or by changes in pressure. As water travels through the corroded pipes, it may also pick up rust and dirt from the pipes particularly, if there’s been repair work in the area.
Results below show water samples collected from 60 homes throughout Australia that were independently tested by Envirolab for Lead, Copper, Chlorine, Aluminium and Turbidity. And there were trace elements of Lead, Copper, Chlorine and Aluminium in all 60 houses tested, however the levels of each contaminant varies from household to household.
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