Municipal tap water

Essential information to rememberWhen using tap water, let it run until the water is cold. This gets rid of possible buildup of lead, copper, and certain bacteria.

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Water from municipal water supplies is subject to quality control. When such systems supply water to more than 20 people, the system operator must monitor water quality in accordance with strict standards. Water from municipal systems that serve more than 5,000 residents must be monitored even more closely. If the water fails to meet microbiological standards, the system operator is required to immediately inform the population through radio or newspaper announcements, individual notices, or other means.

Information to which you should pay special attentionDo not drink warm tap water and do not use it to prepare your baby’s bottles or for cooking as it may contain more lead, contaminants, and bacteria than cold water.