Are you drinking toilet water? It’s not as rare as you think

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Are you drinking toilet water? It’s not as rare as you think

Without the right plumbing, it’s possible to end up drinking toilet water.

Are you drinking toilet water? It’s not as rare as you think

Without the right plumbing, it’s possible to end up drinking toilet water.
Avoid contamination: How to control cross connections

A few simple steps can help protect your drinking water from contamination via backflow in your home. Hiring a backflow-prevention technician or a licensed plumber is the best way to make sure your plumbing is safe.
Toilets
Lift the top of your toilet tank and look inside. Make sure the fill valve is at least an inch above the water. The bowl refill tube should also be above the water line.
Garden hoses
Install a vacuum breaker on each outside spigot.
Never leave a hose submerged in a bucket, hot tub or swimming pool. Contaminants from the yard can be sucked back into your drinking water.
If you’re using a Miracle-Gro nozzle or other add-on to your hose, unscrew it when you’re done using it. Without a backflow preventer in place, fertilizer or other chemicals can contaminate your water.
Boilers
Install a backflow preventer on your boiler. Otherwise, pressure from the boiler water, which is often treated with hazardous anti-corrosion chemicals, may be pushed into the potable water line.
Faucets
Make sure the lower end of each faucet is at least an inch above the top edge of the sink or tub.
Sprinklers
Install a vacuum breaker well above the ground and above the level of all sprinkler heads in your yard, to ensure that chemicals, fertilizer or pet waste aren’t pulled into your drinking water.
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