Access to delicious filtered water is one of the luxuries many of us take for granted in our homes. Many homeowners rely on their refrigerator filter to provide their drinking water, but you may be inadvertently exposing yourself to some hidden dangers.

The Risks of Refrigerator Water Filters

The built-in water technology varies depending on each make and model of refrigerator, but most refrigerators as not as clean as we think. This means that there is refrigerator filtered drinking water may expose you to a number of different microorganisms including salmonella and coliform. The effects of microorganism exposure will depend on the type of microorganism, but you may find yourself suffering from stomach upsets, fever, coughs and colds, sore throat, muscle aches and sickness.

The Hidden Danger

Most refrigerators use carbon filtration, which is designed to remove any compounds that may affect smell and taste. The effectiveness of the filter relies on water having prolonged contact with the carbon. In a high traffic environment like a family home, this is not likely to be the case. These types of filters are only effective because the material is permeable; allowing the water to flow through while impurities are trapped. While high quality carbon filters can be highly effective, even if the water is quickly passed through the filter, lower quality filters fail to trap many contaminants that simply pass through into your drinking water.

Additionally, since the refrigerator filter is out of sight, it is easy to forget that the filters need to be cleaned or replaced regularly. If the filter is neglected, it can easily become clogged with dirt and bacteria that can create potentially hazardous health risks.

Is Your Refrigerator Contaminated?

Research shows that 19 million people in the United States fall ill every year because of waterborne bacteria. Bacteria thrive in moist conditions, which mean that your refrigerator filter provides the optimum environment for bacteria to develop. Additionally, if you are little lax about cleaning out your refrigerator, that moldy carton of leftover takeaway could allow spores or E.coli bacteria to contaminate your refrigerator water supply. < Ensuring Delicious, Safe Drinking Water

If you want to ensure that your drinking water is not only delicious, but safe from bacteria and other contaminants, you may wish to consider a water treatment system. There are domestic water treatment systems that can eradicate 99.99% of bacteria and viruses from your drinking water. The treatment options can range from under counter devices to whole house systems, so you can ensure that your water supply is free from contaminants and tastes delicious.

If you would like to explore the options to improve your drinking water quality, you should speak to a water treatment specialist. An experienced professional can assess your water supply to check for contaminant levels, including bacteria. If you choose a fully WQA certified water treatment specialist, you can have confidence that the recommended treatment options meet or may even exceed industry standards. So, you can be sure that you have delicious, clean and safe drinking water for your whole family.

By 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.