Water is one of the simplest substances known to man yet one of the most critical to our health and survival. It is also one of the easiest substances to contaminate.
Called "the universal solvent": water has a tendency to dissolve a little of everthing with which it comes in contact, from beneficial elements to harmful chemicals, minerals and other contaminants.
While Canada has one of the safest water supplies in the world, there are a number of factors that can affect the taste, appearance, hardness and overall safety of household water – including everything from a heavy rainfall causing excessive agricultural runoff to the presence of lead or copper pipes in your home. That's why we recommend having your water tested if you have any concerns about quality.
Here is an overview of the most common water quality problems: