Don’t Drink the Hot Water
Water is a “Universal Solvent”, dissolving (over time) everything from table salt to a copper penny.
Heated water increases solubility–the ability to dissolve an object into water. Hot water systems like tanks and boilers contain metallic parts that corrode as time goes by, contaminating the water. Hot water also dissolves contaminants in pipes faster than cold water.
Considering that many homes have internal plumbing with some presence of lead, this can be a big deal. The PUD strongly recommends removal of any known lead fixtures connected to the water system. No amount of lead is “good for you”. Lead is regulated at just 15 parts per billion (ppb) in sampling, with no parts per anything preferable.
Do not drink warm or hot tap water and avoid using it when starting food such as pizza or bread dough or soaking noodles. Food packaging instructions sometimes say to use hot or warm tap water—we do not recommend following these instructions. By beginning your meal prep with cold water, you are more likely to avoid contaminates that might be present. Hot water for showers, hand washing, and clothes washing is ok, as the water is not directly consumed.
Jefferson PUD supplies water to more than 4,500 customers across the utility and each of our 16 active wellheads. Under the Clean Drinking Water Act we are required to test on a schedule for certain potential contaminants. The water quality test results performed for compliance with state and federal regulations are posted on the Department of Health’s website, here. To learn more about PUD water systems and safety click here: Water Quality & Safety