BROOKLYN, N.Y., Aug. 11, 2017 /PRNewswire/ -- New York City has some of the world's best drinking water and is one of only five large cities in the country to run a largely unfiltered drinking water supply. It is important to filter the water that enters the home to protect from contaminates found in old plumbing pipes and fixtures. Petri Plumbing & Heating, Inc., has served Brooklyn and Manhattan since 1906, offers tips residents can use to ensure that the next generation of New Yorkers continues to enjoy high-quality drinking water.
To ensure the water delivered to the city is safe, the New York City Dept. of Environmental Protection (DEP) performs more than 630,000 analyses of the city's drinking water every year by collecting samples from streams that feed the reservoirs, the reservoirs themselves, the aqueducts that carry the water to the city, and from nearly 1,000 sampling locations throughout the five boroughs.
"New Yorkers are proud of the unique infrastructure that carries our water," says Michael Petri, owner of Petri Plumbing & Heating. "As the water travels over the surface of the land or through the ground, it dissolves naturally occurring minerals and can pick up bacteria resulting from the presence of animals, pesticides or human activities. There are a few simple things residents can do to protect their water quality."
Petri offers residents these tips to help preserve New York City's water quality:
- Flush the tap – The DEP is responsible for providing high-quality drinking water, but cannot control the variety of materials used in plumbing components. Many of the older plumbing pipes or fixtures leading to the home can absorb lead and pass it through the tap water. One way to minimize the potential lead exposure is to flush the tap for 30 seconds to two minutes before using the water for drinking or cooking.
- Be aware of what goes down the drain and how it affects the water supply. Medications, detergents, creams, lotions and soaps all end up in the water supply. Consider switching to environmentally-friendly and non-toxic household cleaners and personal care items.
- Discard trash and pet waste appropriately – Trash and pet waste, if not disposed of properly, can cause bacteria to run into storm drains and water supplies. The best practice is to tie pet waste in a recycled-plastic pet-waste bag and place it in the trash.
- Have the water tested by a professional – If a resident is concerned about the quality of water entering their home through old pipes and possibly picking up contaminants in the delivery process, contact a professional to test the water. Once the water is tested, and any contaminants are identified, the expert can recommend a water filtration system that will work best for the home. The primary water filtration system uses charcoal to remove sediment and debris that build up in your pipes. A whole-home water purification system to remove lead, chemicals, heavy metals, chlorine and other contaminants is an option many homeowners select to give them peace of mind when it comes to the safety of their water.
For Manhattan and Brooklyn residents who would like help testing their water, Petri provides complete water testing, including checks for arsenic, bacterial contaminants, hardness, iron levels, lead, nitrates and pH balance. The professionals at Petri Plumbing & Heating are ready to assist and help repair or install the correct water filtration system for your home. For more information visit www.petriplumbing.com or call Petri Plumbing at 718-748-1254.
About Petri Plumbing & Heating, Inc.
Petri Plumbing & Heating, Inc. is a family owned and operated business serving Brooklyn and the New York City area. Founded in 1906, the company offers a 100 percent guarantee on all services, upfront pricing, and friendly and knowledgeable Service Experts for all kinds of home and business plumbing and heating needs. Services offered include water and gas pipe leak repair and installation, fixture installations, inspections, boiler repair, water heater installation, complete bathroom, kitchen, laundry & utility room remodeling and more. Petri is also licensed and certified by Green Plumbers USA, the first in New York City to receive this designation. For more information, please visit www.petriplumbing.com or call 718-748-1254. Petri Plumbing & Heating, Inc. will offer a new service in September to better serve Brooklyn and Manhattan area residents.
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