Do you you know the quality of the water you’re drinking? Do you think your customers know? August is National Water Quality Month. This means that it is a great time for plumbers to educate homeowners on water quality and water safety. If you are new to the topic of water quality, then it’s important for you to check out these five key things that you may not know about water quality.

1. The Consumer Confidence Report: This annual report is published by the Environmental Protection Agency and ¬†identifies contaminates and the levels at which they are present in drinking water for the previous year. It also informs people how the contaminents may affect their health. This report can be accessed by contacting the Environmental Protection agency or your local government. If you haven’t already, you should get this report, to find out what’s going on with your local water supply. Once you know what’s going on, you’ll be able to identify how much water treatment services could help grow your business and add to your bottom line.

2. What are the possible contaminants in drinking water? The EPA sets standards for about 90 contaminants in drinking water. Possible contaminants include:

  • microbes
  • radionuclides (radioactive minerals)
  • inorganic contaminants
  • cryptosporidium
  • giardia
  • arsenic
  • lead
  • benzene
  • uranium

These contaminents can seem frightening, but their presence is not neccessariy hazardous. The EPA monitors their levels and reports them annually, so that the community is informed of these levels and possible dangers. You as a plumber, can provide further assistance, explaining how these contaminants can be avoided by installing water treatment solutions in their homes.

3. Who is at risk? The honest truth is that these contaminents are not good for anyone, but they are especiall harmful to those who have severely compromised autoimmune systems, including: people undergoing chemo-therapy, people with HIV/AIDS, the elderly, people with auto-immune disorders and infants.

4. What about private wells? The EPA does not regulate the water is private wells. People who own private wells need to get their water checked at least once a year, to make sure their water is safe. This is a great opportunity for plumbers! Do you live in an area where many people own private wells? You should consider adding water quality to your services!

5. How can Nexstar help me add water treatment to my services? Nexstar has strategic partnerships with two water treatment companies currently: ProSystems, and Plumbline, by Kinetico. Both companies offer free training to contractors and will spend a lot of time teaching you how to test water and how to offer solutions that work best for homeowners. If you would like more information about these partners, check the strategic partner listings on the Nexstar website, or reach out to Susan Tigner at [email protected]