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Why do you need a water filter?

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We all rely on water to live. Aside from drinking, it is used by mankind to cook food, to take a bath, and to clean ourselves. We also use it for other recreational means. Koshland Science Museum says each of us living on earth needs at least 20L to 50L of safe water a day.

The world has lots of large bodies of water, which we already know. However, we need clean water and getting it seems like a prerogative nowadays. Almost 1 billion people in the world do not have access to safe water. According to Water.org, there are currently 1 out of 9 people who are at risk of drinking unsafe water. Are you sure that the water at home that you and your family are drinking is safe?

Tap water is good for me, right?

The short answer to this is no. Water from our faucets comes from different, not quite safe sources. It can be from mains or town, which is pumped from rivers, underground, or from dams. Chlorine is used to treat this kind of water supply to process and eliminate unwanted particles in the water. Unfortunately, this makes the water smell and taste bad.

Water may also be harvested from the rain using water tanks. Due to the fact that organisms have the tendency to live in moist or completely wet area, tank water can include microbiological contaminants. These can be viruses such as Hepatitis or bacteria such as Salmonella and E.coli. An example of the effect of having unsafe tap water is the mass gastroenteritis outbreak in Havelock North, New Zealand back in 2016, which led to four people dead and more than 5000 people ill.

Save the planet - Stop buying bottled water

If getting drinking water from these resources can be harmful, should you be buying bottled water instead? A study by Consumer NZ shows that bottled water does not differ much from tap water. Bottled water companies have been great at marketing their products; thus, people are influenced by terms such as “natural”.

Aside from this, we already know that plastic bottles are expensive and are considered huge problems for the environment. In New Zealand, around 14,000 tonnes of Polyethylene Terephthalate or PET are used for bottled waters the previous year. Then, how about recycling? PET is recyclable; however, not everyone participates in making an impact on the environment. An estimation of only half of what was produced is reused.

But, I have to drink something

Now, how do you get adequately hydrated when there seems to be no other choice? Water filters are the answer, a healthier alternative for you and your family’s well-being. Filtration systems purify your tap water through the process of removing harmful elements so that it can be safe for intake. In addition to that, you should use steel or glass containers instead of plastic when drinking.

What do filters remove?

Water filters remove sediments, bacteria, pollutants and other contaminants that are dangerous to our health. Water filters eliminate pathogens that can cause diarrhea. Dirt and clay particles may also be found in regular tap water, which can lead to water tasting bad. Furthermore, unwanted minerals such as iron can also cause an unpleasant taste.

As previously mentioned, chlorine is also present in tap water. Remember, chlorine is used in household and industry cleaning products. Even though its presence in tap water is less than what is used in, let’s say, swimming pools, it is best to prevent getting it in your body.

Water filters also remove hexavalent chromium, which is a metal used in the tanning industry and metal processing. This is a type of contaminant that is associated with some types of stomach cancers.

Drinking clean and filtered water can have numerous benefits. Strengthened immune system, avoiding gastrointestinal illnesses, and proper digestion and detoxification are some advantages to your health. Various types of water filtration system can be applied to our home, lowering the risk of getting diseases related to ingesting unsafe water. Filtering your tap water provides you with the assurance of drinking clean and safe water.

What is a quality water filter?

By now, you must be convinced that filtering water is important because it removes contaminants that can decay. Because of this, you prevent toxins present in tap water from entering your body. So what are the quality water filters that can be installed at home?

Underbench water filters are located under the sink where you get the water needed for drinking and when preparing food. As its name goes, this simple system only filters the tap you want it to work on. This is the right type of filter for you are not that particular with other water usages aside from drinking.

Whole house filtration systems prevent heavy metals in your tap water. This popular type of filters on mains water supply produce the desired quality at home. With this, you don’t need to worry that the water used to shower and bathe is different from the one you drink. This filter also reduces water spots, white stains left in your glass showers because of water mineral deposits that dried.

Ultra Violet (UV) filtration system is what you need if you are harvesting rainwater. This type guarantees the elimination of cryptosporidium, giardia, E.coli, and other bacteria in your tap water. This technology can protect water from undesired contaminants, taking purification to a level higher than other filters. UV is also environmentally friendly and cost-effective; lamps and filters need only be replaced annually. It is matched to the capacity of your existing water pump and designed particularly to ensure safe drinking water.

Knowing which filter would work best for you is essential before rushing to have any type installed. Remember that it is a mixture of getting advice from a trusted service company and proven products.