Over 97% of all Las Vegas homes don’t have any kind of water filtration installed in their homes. Las Vegas tap water contains a high concentration of minerals, which makes the water supply in southern Nevada a “hard” water supply. Hard water can leave mineral build up on surfaces. Whole-home water filtration systems not only remove 99.99% of all bacteria in tap water, but it removes minerals and chemical contaminants such as chlorine, fluoride, herbicides, pesticides that are commonly found in water tests throughout the valley.
Is unfiltered tap water safe to drink in Las Vegas?
Environmental Working Group (EWG) an independent nonprofit organization released a detailed account of the contaminants found in Las Vegas tap water. According to the EWG’s website:
EWG’s drinking water quality report shows results of tests conducted by the water utility and provided to the Environmental Working Group by the Nevada Division of Environmental Protection, as well as information from the U.S. EPA Enforcement and Compliance History database (ECHO). For the latest quarter assessed by the EPA (July 2018 – September 2018), tap water provided by this water utility was in compliance with federal health-based drinking water standards.
The report found that there are twenty-three contaminants found in Las Vegas’ tap water supply. Ten of the contaminants exceed health guidelines while thirteen others are present.
The chemicals that exceed the health guidelines are: Bromoform, chloroform, chromium (hexavalent), dibromochloromethane, dichloroacetic acid, radiological contaminants, total trihalomethanes (TTHMs), trichloroacetic acid, and hormones.
Of these ten contaminants, nine of them are known to be cancer causing contaminants.
How can you filter out these contaminants?
Installing a water filtration system in your home may remove bacteria, pesticides, and other contaminants from your tap water supply. It may also serve as a water softening system that removes excess minerals such as calcium and lime from your water.
There are several types of water filtration systems. Among the most common are whole-home water filtration systems. Home water filtration systems can remove any particles larger than 0.5 microns and filter between 95% and 99% of all contaminants in your water supply.
Water filters also affect the aesthetic aspects of your water that are often considered secondary such as taste and odor. Treat your family to a clean glass of water.