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Water Quality – Should You Drink Before You Buy?

Filling up a glass of water

“Thousands have lived without love, not one without water.” – W.H. Auden

Back in college, I took a class on government. I don’t recall much from it, but for one thing that still bounces around in my head. The topic was civic amenities. The word AMENITY is defined as “A desirable or useful feature or facility of a building or place.”  Little did I know back then that the word would become such an important part of my everyday real estate vocabulary.In real estate, an amenity could be something as minor yet visible as slab granite counters or as grand as a basement movie theater or wine cellar.  Home improvement TV shows and real estate agents have us thinking in terms of “upgrades” to our home as marketable amenities. Hardwood floors once were considered basic and carpeting was an upgrade.  Ironically, the reverse is now true.

Some things that we consider so basic now, were once only available to the upper class. Many of us live in housing communities with paved streets and sidewalks.  How about underground utilities such as cable, telephone, and even electricity, or even indoor plumbing.

This past week, I spent a few days in Tacoma, WA. I had the unfortunate experience of drinking the water provided by the city.  The only word I could think of was “awful”. It was so chlorinated I had to drink bottled water.  It was so harsh on my skin that I needed lotion after showering.  While water is a such basic necessity that we don’t even give it a second thought, I truly came to appreciate the quality of water that we have here in Woodinville.

I’ve had house guests tell me that my tap water tasted good, but I never really thought about it.  Until I returned from Tacoma.  When I lived in California, the water was so hard that I needed a water softener and a reverse osmosis unit under my kitchen sink so I could drink the water.  From this day forward, when I’m showing homes to buyers and they ask me about some of the amenities in the home and area, I’ll hand them a glass of Woodinville’s finest.

What are your thoughts? Do you drink the water where you live?

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