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Canadians have access to some of the cleanest water in the world.

As long as you get yours from public, municipal water system, it’s pretty much a guarantee that it’s safe. At least, when the water leaves the treatment facility. The problem is that by the time that water winds its way through all of those pipes and into your home, it can pick up some unwanted materials along the way. Especially if your home (and its pipes) were built prior to the mid 1950s.

If you happen to live in a home built before then, it’s highly recommended that you replace any lead pipes, use a water filter, flush your water system for at least one minute before use and only use cold water for drinking and cooking.

Not sure if you have lead pipes? Consider contacting a plumber or a home inspector.

As far as filters go, you don’t need to invest in an expensive one. Over the counter water filter pitchers (like Brita, for example) or ones that you mount directly onto your faucet are usually good choices.

Most Canadian cities also usually offer help when it comes to ensuring your water is safe. Toronto provides water testing kits for free, while Calgary has a rebate program for tap-mounted water filters.

Now, we don’t know about you, but we’re getting pretty thirsty. You can learn more about how to keep your water clean in the video above.

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