If you receive your water from a municipal supplier, it’s cleaned and filtered to a basic standard, but some contaminants can still reach your faucets. If you use private well water, you’re solely responsible for your water quality and you can still be affected by contaminants. For these reasons, many homeowners have installed their own water filtration systems as a final barrier to remove pollutants and contaminants from their water supply. In this article, we will look at some cleaner drinking water options for your home.
The Scale of the Problem
Many people trust the cleanliness of the water that arrives at their faucets without question, but this is a mistake. Some contaminants are classed as “emerging” and they are not removed from public water. Other health threats may be removed at the water treatment plant, but cracks in our water delivery infrastructure can allow bacteria and other contaminants to enter our drinking water.
Most homes in the United States are supplied with hard water that contains elevated levels of naturally occurring dissolved minerals. Water is an effective solvent, and it can dissolve many materials that it passes through and those characteristics are added to its makeup. Hard water inhibits the formation of soap suds to reduce cleaning power, it can damage water using appliances and it damages your plumbing system.
We all want access to cleaner water for drinking, cooking, showering and other tasks. But, ultimately we need to take responsibility for our own water safety and the best way to do this is to install water filtration systems in your home.
What About Bottled Water?
Bottled water is a poor alternative to your own water filtration systems for a number of reasons. First, bottled water is hard to store because it takes up a lot of room in your home. Second, bathing, cooking and many other tasks with bottled water is impractical. Finally, bottled water is expensive when compared to a water filtration system in the medium to long term.
Which is the Best Filtration System?
This is a hard question to answer because the water conditions can vary a great deal from home to home. In fact, there may not be a single filtration system to meet all your needs if you have a variety of contaminants in your water supply. The first step is to get your water tested at a laboratory to ensure that the results are accurate. The results will help you to make informed decisions about the water filtration systems that will meet your needs.
Although there is no one size fits all approach, there are certain systems that seem to work well together. Many people install a pre-filter to remove large particles that can damage the equipment. This may be followed by an ion-exchange water softener to remove the dissolved mineral content. Next, a reverse osmosis can remove the contaminants to produce pure water. Finally, an activated carbon filter gives the water a final clean and adds a little polish to make the water taste clean and fresh. This combination of water filtration systems may work well for you too or you may need to adjust it to meet your specific needs.
If you want to learn more about water filtration and softening for your home, contact your local water treatment specialist today.
By EcoWater Systems.
EcoWater Systems of Nebraska is the largest water treatment company in the state and is a member of Water Quality Association.