It is the responsibility of our municipal water supplier to provide our homes and offices with water quality that meets the US EPA standards for maximum contamination levels. Overall our municipal water treatment facilities and systems do a great job in maintaining supplying us with good water. Furthermore, it is the responsibility of the user to make sure the water is safe for his or her family needs.
Water composition may undergo changes when being transported to your tap. When everything is working correctly water travels through miles of piping (steel, plastic and copper pipes) before ever reaching homes, potentially picking up impurities along the way. Then there are other common issues such as Pipes leaking, flood waters can backup, and sewage pipes can rupture.
Water treatment facilities often use high levels of chlorine to help protect the water supply against bacteria build up. While protecting from bacteria, high levels of chlorinated water is not necessarily safe water for. Try putting this same water in a fish tank, and they will go belly up.
There are many household water filters and treatment systems that can help improve the aesthetics (i.e. color, taste, odor ) of our water. Granular activated carbon (GAC) water filters is a good example of filters to help with drinking waters CTO. Another such system that can help improve the aesthetics of your water is an under-the-sink reverse osmosis (RO) system. This type of system can provide you with crystal clear ice cube and great tasting drinking water. If you use a GAC filter or under the sink RO system, and your water starts exhibiting CTO and the ice cubes are becoming cloudy then it is time to change your water filter.