What’s the Quality of Drinking Water in Seattle?

We're very fortunately to be Seattleites on many levels: proximity to water and mountains, excellent bars and restaurants, and our sports teams are performing at very high levels. One thing we often take for granted, however, is the quality of our drinking water compared to other cities in the world.

According to Seattle Public Utilities' EPA-mandated report, the city's drinking water is among the best in the entire country. The majority of Seattle's water comes from two protected mountain sources: the Cedar River and South Fork Tolt River watersheds, both of which provide essential freshwater supply to nearly 1.4 million people in and around Seattle.

Compared to other cities in the US, Seattle is one of the leaders as far as taste, smell, and other subjective factors are concerned. In the 2013 Annual Drinking Water Report, 0 of every 50 Seattle-area homes exceeded action levels for lead or copper as a result of their household plumbing systems. This is good news, as water that comes from a clean source can often be contaminated or exposed to harmful corrosive elements as a result of faulty or old pipes in buildings.

So when you're looking for a cool glass of water in the middle of the night, keep in mind the over 1,800 miles of pipes, two water treatment centers, and hundreds of utility workers that keep your water safe for you to drink from over 35 miles from its mountain watershed source.

Are you concerned about lead or corrosive materials being present in your water due to old or faulty pipes? Contact Pioneer Plumbing and Heating today to schedule an appointment. Our experts can quickly and effectively diagnose any household plumbing issues and get them corrected in no time. Give us a call today!

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