Water Quality FAQs

  • Q: Should I install a home water treatment device?
    A: Installing a home water-treatment device is a personal choice. Before buying a device, you should: Look at our drinking water reports and test results before you choose a device. Decide what you want a treatment device to do. Some devices remove tastes and odors. Others remove contaminants such as lead. Contact National...

    A: Installing a home water-treatment device is a personal choice. Before buying a device, you should:

    • Look at our drinking water reports and test results before you choose a device. 
    • Decide what you want a treatment device to do. Some devices remove tastes and odors. Others remove contaminants such as lead.
    • Contact National Sanitation Foundation International at 1-800-673-8010 or visit the website for information about certified water filters.
    • Choose a treatment device that does what you want.
    • Install and maintain the device according to manufacturer instructions. Other water quality problems can develop from lack of maintenance.

    The Oregon Health Authority offers more information in its OHA technical bulletin on treatment devices