(Part 2 of a two-part series. See Part 1: Is my drinking water really safe?) The occasional, sensational news story about a drinking water problem somewhere in the United States could lead you to think that it is a big problem in this country. It's not. American water utilities produce safe drinking water. But, the water can become contaminated between the time it leaves the treatment plant and when it comes out of your faucet. Or, your household may be one of an increasing number that gets its drinking water from a private well that could be contaminated. In either case, prudence dictates that you get your water tested. This can be a costly proposition, however, if you ask a lab to test for all the substances that might be there. Screening for all the possibilities could run to several...
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