Should I buy a home water filter?

A variety of home filtration devices are available ranging from water pitchers to expensive whole house systems.  Filter manufacturers generally provide data on their product removal rates for different types of contaminants.  The City’s Consumer Confidence Report provides data on Lafayette’s water quality that may be useful in assessing the benefit of specific home systems.

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1. How is the City of Lafayette’s drinking water treated?
2. Why does my water taste/smell like chlorine?
3. Why does my water smell musty, fishy or earthy?
4. Why is my water rusty brown/orange?
5. Why is my water white or cloudy?
6. Why is there pink/black mildew in my shower/sink/toilet?
7. My water tastes different. Is there something wrong with the water system? Is the water safe to drink?
8. Why don’t other communities have this problem?
9. Why does it taste/smell bad only when I run the hot water?
10. Should I buy a home water filter?
11. What is the City doing to improve water taste and odor?
12. I’m still concerned, will the City test my water?