Your Five-Minute Guide to Pure Water
If your tap water is foul-tasting or murky, you’re not alone. A Water Quality Association fact sheet reveals that over two-thirds of Americans are concerned about the quality of their household water supply. Municipal water treatment plants remove established contaminants, but they don’t remove many emerging contaminants, and they only soften <15% of our hard water.
That’s where home water purification systems come in. A home water purification system acts as a final barrier of protection against impurities such as chlorine, sedimentation, and cadmium.
Four out of ten Americans use a home water treatment unit to improve the quality of their water, as per a 2005 EPA report. From pitchers to shower filters, there are several ways to treat water problems. If you’re concerned about your water supply quality, read on to discover the right water purification solution for your home.
What is Purified Water?
Purified water is water that undergoes a filtration process in order to remove contaminants and/or an abundance of minerals. Water is most commonly purified for safety reasons (remove bacteria, viruses and pathogens) or to improve aesthetic quality (taste, smell, softness).
What is Point-of-Use Water Purification?
A point-of-use (POU) water purification system purifies water from individual source lines, such as a kitchen faucet or bathtub. Point-of-use water filtration systems range from pitchers to under-the-sink filters. There are many different types of POU water filtration systems, including:
- R.O. Systems (Reverse Osmosis)
R.O. systems are the most advanced method of water purification. These are installed under the sink with a separate drinking water faucet. Many bottled waters are tap water treated with an R.O. system. For a fraction of the cost, you can conveniently enjoy the benefits of bottled pure water right at your kitchen sink.
- Under Sink Filters and Water Dispensers
These long-lasting systems are installed under the sink. It is recommended that a professional install under sink filters and water dispensers.
- Shower Filters
These filters remove chlorine and other water contaminants, resulting in softer hair and skin. Shower filters install easily over your showerhead, or they can replace your showerhead.
- Filter Pitchers
Filter pitchers are pitchers with purifying filters attached. For small amounts of drinking water, a filter pitcher may be sufficient.
- Faucet Mount Filters
Faucet mount filters are easy-to-install water systems that are connected to the faucet with a hose. These types of filters are ideal for those who desire water purification for cooking, cleaning, bathing, and showering in addition to drinking.
What are the Advantages of Purified Water over Bottled Water?
There are numerous advantages to picking purified water over bottled water:
- Bottled water is much more expensive than purified water, especially in the long-run.
- Although bottled water should, in theory, be well-regulated by the FDA, 70 percent of bottled water never crosses state lines, which means it’s exempt from FDA oversight.
- Bottled water packs are heavy and difficult to lug around. Purified water gives you fresh-tasting water right at your kitchen sink!
- Purified water allows for better control of water quality. You can filter out specific contaminants or chemicals, which is harder to do with bottled water.
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