As the name would suggest, a whole house water filtration system will provide clean water to every faucet in your home. This is a significant upgrade compared to a more limited under the sink unit that supplies clean water to the kitchen faucet only. A whole house system is a more expensive option, and some people may wonder how it can improve their water quality. To examine this issue in more detail, we will take a look at water filtration and why it’s essential for your home.

A Brief Overview

Home water filtration is vital; many people are supplied with water that’s treated at a municipal plant before it reaches their homes. This water is made safe for drinking, but the treatment process itself causes water quality issues. Most water is treated with chlorine; this disinfects the water killing any harmful microorganisms that may be present, such as bacteria, viruses, and cysts.

Some water treatment also involves adding aluminum to the water to clump together harmful particulates to make the treatment easier. This water may be deemed to be safe, but health conscious people are less convinced about the resulting product. Some people, just dislike the “swimming pool” like odor and taste of municipal water, but there are other more pressing concerns. Consuming large quantities of chlorine, chlorine byproducts and aluminum is not healthy for our bodies.

It’s also important to realize that “safe” municipal water can also contain other harmful contaminants, such as lead, chloride, arsenic, copper, iron and hydrogen sulfide. All of these contaminants are toxins that you don’t want to ingest in your drinking water. For these reasons, many people decide to add some extra water filtration in their homes to secure a cleaner and healthier water supply.

A Whole House Water Filter

The whole house water filtration process begins with a sediment pre-filter to remove larger pieces of dirt and debris. This stage will ensure that larger particulates cannot get into the water filtration system and cause damage. The sediment pre-filter can also prevent many waterborne disease-carrying parasites, such as viruses, bacteria, and parasites, from entering your water supply.

Then comes a second filtration stage, this is usually an activated carbon or copper zinc and mineral stone system. This filtration will break down heavy metals, such as iron and lead, it will also reduce the chlorine levels. During this second filtration stage, the development of bacteria and algae is also inhibited, and many other impurities are removed before the water is passed in the pipes.

During this two stage filtration process, many contaminants are removed from the water, but this can be enhanced with optional extra components. There are three common extras that will improve the water quality even further; they are a sub-micron post filter, Ultraviolet (UV) filtration, and a water softener. The sub-micron and UV filter work well together to add extra protection against persistent bacteria and viruses. A water softener is a great option if you suffer from hard water issues in your area.

By EcoWater Systems.
EcoWater Systems of Nebraska is the largest water treatment company in the state and is a member of Water Quality Association.