Run the cold tap for approximately two minutes before using for drinking and cooking when the water has not been used for several hours
Clean your faucet strainers, routinely remove the aerator and clean out debris/sediment
Use only cold water for cooking and drinking. Hot water can contain sediment solids that build up in the hot water heater over time
if you use a home water filter replace it routinely. Home water filters, designed to improve taste and remove metals, must be replaced every 6 months or as instructed by the manufacturer. Filters that are not replaced can contain elevated bacteria levels and accumulated metals.
Drain your hot water heater annually, t his removes unnecessary sediment and calcium particles that can accumulate over time, it also prevents low water pressure and clogging of hot water pipes. Refer to service manual and use caution, the water will be hot and can cause burns.
After replacing plumbing fixtures or pipes, run the cold water taps (called "flushing") for several minutes before each use for several days.
In an emergency such as a broken water pipe, turning the water off where the service line enters the building can prevent damage to your property and save you money. You can usually find the water shut-off valve where the water line enters the building. It is a good idea to mark the valve with a bright ribbon or colorful paint so you can find it quickly. It’s also a good idea to make sure the valve works. Turn the valve off, then check several faucets to see if the water is completely off. A plumber can repair or replace a non-working valve.