How can I keep my family safe from water contaminants?

Dr. Mehmet Oz, MD
Cardiology (Cardiovascular Disease)

Here are some ways to keep your family safe from water contaminants:

  • Run water for 60 seconds prior to using to flush out contaminants that may have accumulated in your hot-water heater or pipes.
  • Replace corrosive water systems.
  • Remove and clean the strainer or aerator device on your faucets and shower heads to remove debris.
  • Replace the water-filter cartridge on your filtration device as recommended by the manufacturer.
  • Test private wells before using them for the first time and yearly thereafter (more often if you have a problem).
  • Heed public health alerts for waterborne-disease emergencies, and follow instructions carefully if an alert is issued.

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