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Drinking Water Contaminants

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One of the benefits of a refrigerator is being able to enjoy a quick drink of water from the water and ice dispenser. In order to make the water as healthy as it is refreshing, refrigerators use water filters that need to be changed about every 6 months.

But what’s the big deal? Why is filtered water so much better than tap water? Isn’t tap water safe enough to drink?

Government regulations do their best to treat your local drinking water supply as best it can, but unfortunately, they aren’t able to remove everything. Plus there are plenty of contaminants that work their way into your water along the way from the local water supply to your home. Homes that use well water benefit from water filters in their refrigerator, since they can capture toxins that a whole house filter may miss.

“But my water looks okay.”

That may be true, but there are actually very few harmful contaminants that can be seen with the naked eye. Filtered water can not only greatly improve the health quality of drinking water, but most people also notice a vast improvement in its taste.

Curious about what might be lurking in your home’s drinking water? Learn more about common drinking water contaminants from the list below.



One easy and inexpensive way you can find out whether your tap water contains harmful toxins at home is with the WaterSafe All-In-One Home Drinking Water Test Kit.

You can also explore your options for getting the healthiest water possible through our online water filter store.