Everything You Should Know About Water Purification Systems

The water supplied to our homes is often taken for granted, but it is an important resource. We not only use water to clean our vegetables, prepare meals, drink and bathe, but also keep our homes clean. For something that provides such a vital role in our lives, it should be as healthy and clean as possible, but this is not always the case. For this reason, more and more homeowners are considering water purification systems. So, here is everything you need to know about these fantastic innovations.  

The Water Purification System Basics: water-1-1361652

Water purification systems use processes to remove contaminants from your water. These processes feature various system requirements to ensure that water is safe for drinking, consumption and overall use.

While most water supplies are disinfected to ensure safety for human consumption, this doesn’t remove any particulate matter such as bacteria, parasites or particles. Fortunately, water purification systems can reduce concentrations and create more aesthetically pleasing and tasting water  

A Little Water Purification History: 

Water purification systems can be traced back hundreds of years to 2000 BCE. There are early Sanskrit writings that document the first confirmed records of water filtration. These early methods included the use of charcoal and sand filtration to remove particulate and contaminants. The connection between water impurities and diseases was not made until the 19th century, but purification techniques continued to develop over the years. Chlorination has been widely used for over a hundred years as a means of disinfecting water to kill germs, bacteria, and viruses. Unfortunately, this can leave traces of chlorine residue that impacts the taste and odor of water.

Today, water purification methods have become very sophisticated. There are now devices and systems that can eliminate almost any type of contaminant. It is possible to tailor systems to suit the specific characteristics of your water, making it great tasting and safe.  

Is Your Water Quality Really a Concern? 

According to the Global Water Crisis Report, a billion people on the planet are without a reliable supply of water, with more than 2 billion lacking basic sanitation. Although many people consider this to be a third world problem, more and more of our water sources are becoming contaminated. Lakes, rivers, and streams are being affected by runoff from agriculture and industrial activities, chemical pollution and other sources that are compromising water quality. Many of our water treatment facilities and municipal resources are not equipped to deal with this increasing threat. In fact, some potentially harmful contaminants are only suspected and have not yet been fully determined. For example, there are many disinfectant byproducts, which have been caused, in part by our water treatment processes and we don’t fully understand the implications for our water resources. So, this means that if you want your family to enjoy safe, clean water, you may need to start considering your water purification options.  

If you do have concerns about contaminants in your water supply, you should have a chat with a water treatment specialist. A WQA certified professional can advise you on the available options that are best suited to your specific needs and will exceed industry standards for complete confidence. 

About The Author, Terry Reeh, EcoWater Systems of Nebraska:

With more than 25 years experience in the residential and commercial water treatment space, Terry is a WQA (Water Quality Association) certified water specialist, LEVEL 3, as well as a WQA certified sales representative. Terry currently sits on EcoWater Systems (a Berkshire Hathaway Company) national Peers committee, as a water treatment expert advising other water professionals with less experience on best trade and technology practices. EcoWater Systems of Nebraska is one of the biggest water treatment and water delivery businesses in the state.

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