Recently, one of our readers asked regarding Drinking Water in USA as he is new to America. I thought to myself, why didn’t this come to my mind, I should have addressed this long time ago. I travel quite a bit for work and usually check on water quality and regulations from locals who live in that country. Anyways, let me shed some light on the safety of drinking water from tap in America.
Can we drink Tap Water in USA ? Is it Safe from health stand point ? Regulations ?
Yes, tap water is safe to drink in USA. Personally, I drink tap water as well. No water filter, nothing… Yes, tap water is safe from health stand point as well. The reason you can count on it is because of the regulations in place by US Environmental protection Agency( EPA) for public drinking water, which is Safe Drinking Water Act in America. In fact, I did quite a bit of research on this, when I was studying MBA as part of my AMA’s case study on UNICEF Tap Project . The funny thing is that, the study shows that tap water is much more safe than bottle water, the reason is that tap water is regulated by US EPA, where as bottle water is not…
What is the Safe Drinking Water in America ? What is the minimum community required ?
In simple words, it is a regulation passed by the US government to provide safe drinking water for all US resident. It is a federal law and full details : Safe Drinking Water Act ( SWDA ). One key thing is that, the federal law only applies to public community or public water system ( PWS), which states that there should be at least 15 service connections or 25 individuals. I am sure most of the placed people live are communities of size at least 25, so you should be covered.
Can I drink tap water in Hotels ? How about apartments ? How about airports, malls ?
Yes, all the water that comes out of the water fountains in Hotels, Airports, Malls are safe to drink, including tap water in Apartments as all of them fall under the Public Water system(PWS) definition of US EPA and regulated by SWDA.
If you are not comfortable drinking tap water directly, you can use a small filter that tags on to the tap and just filtering…I personally do not see the need…but, if you want to you can….
What has been your experience with drinking water in USA ?
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