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Tapping into water

Here's how to get the best tasting water straight from your tap.

A cold glass of water is the perfect thirst quencher on a hot summer day. Tap water is a resource that's convenient and, best of all, free.

However, although the water that reaches your house has been through thorough testing, it can sometimes smell, look or taste peculiar.

Here are Choice's top tips on making your drinking water as clean and healthy as possible.

  • If your drinking water has a lingering taste of disinfectant, don't panic. The downside of ensuring our water is safe is that you may be aware of the products that are keeping it that way. Fill up a jug with water and let it sit for a couple of hours, the smell and taste should dissipate. If it doesn't, you might like to invest in a filtering system.
  • If you find your water tastes strange or is staining the sink or toilet, check if your neighbours are having similar problems. That way, you can work out if there's an issue with your plumbing or if it has to do with the general supply.
  • Call your water supplier to see if they're experiencing any problems. They may be able to resolve your matter quickly. You can also send them a sample of your water for analysis. Ask if your supplier could flush the main pipes. This may solve any concerns about the colour or taste of your tap water.

Do you have any healthy tips on how to quench a thirst? Let us know by leaving a comment below.

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