Choosing the best water purification systems for home use can be a daunting task. There is so much to know! What types of contaminants are distillers best suited for? Why is reverse osmosis not the best for water that has a lot of trace minerals in it? Figuring out what the right system is can sometimes feel like getting a master’s degree in public health! Well, continue reading, because hopefully this article will straighten out some of these questions and make choosing the right water filter easier, if not easy!
The first thing you need to do when you’re thinking about getting a water filter or purifier for home use is understand the type of contaminants you have. There are basically two classes of contaminants, living and non-living. Now, it’s not quite that simple, but that will get us started. Living contaminants consist of bacteria, viruses, and larger microorganisms. Non-living…well, that’s everything else.
If your water comes from a well, then you may have an issue with living contaminants. Carbon filters, especially when combined with ceramic filters work well here. So do ultraviolet light filters. Distillers and reverse osmosis systems would also work well. You can have living impurities in your water even if you’re getting it from a public system that’s supposedly been treated.
Even if your city’s or municipality’s water purification systems have chlorinated the water, you can still have a problem with larger microorganisms, like protozoans and cysts. You especially need to be aware of this if your city’s water comes from surface water (drawn from a river or lake).
How are you going to know if you have these types of contaminants? Well, you can test your own water. You can buy good tests from companies on the Internet for a few hundred dollars that can test for everything! If you’re getting public water, then you can write the water company and request a copy of their mandatory tests. They have to give you a copy–it’s the law.
Okay, that takes are of living impurities, what about non-living? Well, that’s a broad spectrum of contaminant, most of which water treatment systems are just not able to deal with. If you’re getting well water, then this could be contaminants like industrial chemicals that entered the aquifer from somewhere else, agricultural run-off, naturally occurring radon, or other naturally occurring trace minerals like asbestos. Water purification systems like ultraviolet filters are going to do nothing for you, here.
Again, if your water comes from public water, then you potentially have an even bigger problem. Researchers have found everything in our water from pesticides to prescription drugs, not to mention lead, heavy metals, asbestos, just to mention a few contaminants. Carbon and ceramic filters work well here, as long as you maintain the filter properly (easy to do!). Water purification systems like distillers would work well, except your water is almost surely chlorinated, and most distillers should not be used for chlorinated water. (Some can, but they have to have a pre-filter to get the chlorine and other volatile chemicals out.)
Buying the right one of the many water purification systems can be a time consuming, confusing process. Hopefully, I’ve given you some pointers here that can help. It’s worth the effort, though! Your future health may depend on it.
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R. Lee Cole is an avid health and exercise enthusiast who loves to make his research available to everyone via the Internet. Check out Lee’s website for more information about this important topic.