Companies have made a lot of money by marketing bottled water as the most “pure and pristine” water source available. They spend millions of dollars to convince the public that their water is safer than tap water. These marketing campaigns have been very successful too as we saw the market skyrocket. But is bottled water really better?
Let’s start with the junk – literally. We are filling our landfills with more waste than ever. Plus there are other human rights abuses that are said to be associated with bottled water, but that’s an entirely different topic. What is important for us to note is that studies reveal that bottled water is not safer than tap water.
There is a much better option for your family – a residential water purification system, or to put it in layman’s terms, a water filter. Installing a water filter is much less expensive in the long-term than buying bottled water and it is far less environmentally damaging. If you choose the right filter, you can even eliminate all of those contaminants that raise the highest concern.
It’s Important to Assess your Tap Water
There are a lot of different types of water filters and they all eliminate specific contaminants, so it’s important that you assess your tap water to determine what type of filter you need. It will save you time and money, not to mention it’s healthier.
Check your utility company’s “Consumer Confidence Report” which you can find by contacting your utility company. You can also try visiting the EPA website to see if you can find it online. This report will show you where the water comes from and lists any contaminants that have been found in it.
Note: Here is a link that will show you how to understand the report.
If your water comes from a well, then you will need to have it tested on an annual basis. Preferably you do this in the late spring when pesticide runoff is at its peak.
How to Find the Best Type of Water Filter
As mentioned earlier, there are a lot of different types of water filters, so let’s take a look at how you can choose the right one. There are plastic filters, built-in refrigerator filters, faucet filters, and under the sink filters. There are also models that are installed throughout your home that combine different types and treat all water throughout your home. The latter is obviously quite expensive.
If your Consumer Confidence Report shows that your water tests higher than the average standards set by the EPA, then you just need a carbon/KDF filter to remove chemicals like chlorine.
If there are a couple of contaminants, then you will need a countertop and/or an under-the-sink filter.
If your water has significant safety concerns, then you should install a multi-stage filter that removes a variety of contaminants. For instance, you might install an under-the-sink filter in combination with a faucet filter.
Water is the source of life, so it’s essential that you are getting the right source. Give us a call today to find out how we can help.