Before using tap water for consumption, let it run until the water gets cold, then let it continue to run for a minute or two. This gets rid of any accumulated lead or copper, as well as certain bacteria that are sometimes found in pipes.
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Water from municipal water supplies is subject to quality control. If water quality is not good enough for the water to be consumed, the public is immediately notified and recommendations are issued through various outlets: radio, newspapers, personal advisories, etc.
Do 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.