Beverage companies have spent millions on marketing their bottled water products. They tout them as the “purest and more pristine natural source” of water available. They market it as safer than tap water but how true is that? We can certainly ascertain that these companies have succeeded. Many people think that there is something wrong with their tap water. We can see this with the fact that bottled water sales have skyrocketed through the years, even though numerous studies have shown that bottled water is no safer than tap water.
The best method of ensuring safe drinking water is through purification filters. Installing a filter is a much less expensive option in the long term and it will minimize your plastic footprint on the world. So let’s look at the process of installing this system to help you become more environmentally friendly.
Always Test your Water First
It’s important to note that water filters are not universal. Different types protect against different contaminants so you need to make sure that your filter is protecting against the right contaminant. In fact, a lot of people buy the wrong equipment because they skip the testing phase.
Review the local utility “Consumer Confidence Report” which should be mailed to you every year if you are on city tap. Of course, you can also request a copy or view it online one the EPA website.
If you need help in understanding this report, then you can visit the NSF website.
Now that you know what’s going on in the area, you will need to actually test the water coming from the tap. You can either call in a professional or find a state-certified lab for testing.
Remember that if you are on a private well, then your water is not regulated. Therefore, it’s even more important that you test on a regular basis.
Environmentally Friendly Options
Filters are not a perfect solution by any means. They can be quite expensive and most cartridges are impossible to recycle but if you compare these filters to the billions of plastic bottles being discarded each year, then you will see that they are the more environmentally friendly option. But there are ways you can take it a step further.
The first thing to understand is that bottled water is not safer than tap. All it does is waste a whole bunch of resources.
Then you should find companies that will take their cartridges back and recycle them. These filters use resources and hold contaminants so when they are disposed of in a landfill, they are just dumping those contaminants right back into the environment.
Brita is one company that will actually accept used cartridges. They recycle them and then reuse for distribution. Here is a link to their website with directions for sending cartridges.
It’s up to all of us to take steps that protect the environment and the truth is that installing a water purification system in your home is a great way to do just that. Plus, it protects your family and ensures that their source of life is clean of all contaminants.