Water Filtration for Good Health

January 13, 2014

Clean, safe water is essential to everyone’s health. Unfortunately, today’s water is simply not of good quality; every home should have some type of water filtration and/or conditioning system installed. After all, water isn’t just something that you drink; it also affects your clothes, your food, and every surface it touches.

Certainly you trust your water company to ensure that the water they’re providing to you meets safety guidelines.  However, even though all water that comes from a treatment plant must pass strict guidelines for contamination, that water must then pass through miles of pipeline to reach your faucets. That pipeline is where water quality can decrease rapidly. Due to this, it’s likely that the water in your home has hundreds of chemical and biological substances in it such as lead, dirt, chlorine, algae, mold and cysts. Some of these can cause your family to become sick, others can just make your water taste or smell unpleasant.

Water filtration may be a physical barrier, a chemical process, or a biological process that removes particulate matter and contaminants from water.  Because the water is clean after filtration, it can help keep your family healthier, reduce lime scale in appliances and therefore lengthen their lifespan, drastically improve taste and smell, and even keep your pipes in good shape.  And for all of these benefits filtered water costs only a few cents a gallon. Filtered water is significantly less expensive than bottled water, which doesn’t keep your appliances or pipes in good shape.

Types of water filters include carbon filters, UV lights that kill bacteria and viruses, and reverse osmosis systems.  Some water filtration systems use multiple methods to make the water as clean and pure as possible.

Filtration can come in the form of an individual, point-of-use size that attaches only to one water outlet, all the way up to a whole-home system that is the recommended size for most homes because every drop of water that comes into the home is clean before it’s used in an appliance, shower, or faucet.

It’s a good idea to pair a water filter with a water softener.  Water softeners don’t reduce contamination, but do reduce lime scale and water harness.  Some water filtration systems include water softeners as a built-in function.

According to the Mayo Clinic, our bodies are about 60% water; water filtration ensures that every drop is as clean as possible before it passes our lips.

For recommendations on water filtration that meets your needs, call us to schedule a consultation.

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Last Updated: July 02, 2024