We all take running water for granted, but there are some simple steps that you can take to make sure the water that you use for drinking and washing is the best quality.
Water sat in pipes can deteriorate. When you have been away for one week or longer, flush through the showers and taps for several minutes before re-use.
Do the same as above for any other taps or a shower that you only use occasionally (less than weekly).
If the hot water in your home is stored in a hot water cylinder, make sure the setting on the cylinder thermostat is at least 60 degrees Celsius. However, please take care of scalding, especially with young children, disabled or the elderly.
Keep your taps and showerheads clean so that dirt and bacteria don't build up.