Should I buy a water filtration system or bottled water?

Most homes in the service area do not have lead issues with their tap water. Also, simply running your tap for 30 seconds, after the water has been sitting for several hours, is usually a much cheaper and more effective alternative to a filter or bottled water.

Also, some water filtration systems do not remove lead. Before you purchase a filter, you should verify the manufacturer's claim.  A good resource is the National Sanitation Foundation website or at 1-877-867-3435.  If your water has elevated levels of lead after flushing, bottled water is an option, but it may cost as much as 1,000 times more than tap water.

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1. Does the Town test the water?
2. Does the Massachusetts Water Resources Authority (MWRA) water contain lead?
3. Is drinking water the main source of lead exposure?
4. How is my water tested for lead?
5. What are the results? What levels have been found?
6. What can I do to reduce exposure to lead?
7. Should I buy a water filtration system or bottled water?
8. How do I get information about lead in my drinking water?
9. Who can I contact if I have questions about the specific water treatment techniques used in my community or if I have questions about the test results presented on this report?
10. Who can I contact if I have questions about government regulations of drinking water supplies or water quality in general?
11. I have a home water treatment system (or am interested in purchasing one). Where can I go for independent information on these products?
12. I use a filter in my home and I have to change it more frequently than the manufacturer specifications. Why is this?
13. Where can I learn more about the Water System?
14. Where can I read more Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) about Drinking Water?
15. Where can I see water quality test results?