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The Take Back the Tap Guide to Safe

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Tap water is tested more frequently for safety
concerns than bottled water, but the water quality
reports issued by local utilities can be confusing
to read. Use this guide to help understand these
reports and why they are important. Then get tips
on finding the right filter for your household tap
water based on the water quality in your area.

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