The Importance of Drinking from Water Filtration Systems
Common Issues with Drinking Water Quality
The United States Environment Protection Agency (EPAhttp://water.epa.gov/drink/contaminants/basicinformation/index.cfm) states that, “drinking water, including bottled water, may reasonably be expected to contain at least small amounts of some contaminants. The presence of contaminants does not necessarily indicate that water poses a health risk.” The U.S. EPA has created standards for at least 90 contaminants and, what the EPA calls “indicators”, in typical drinking water. If indicators reach a level beyond specified limits there may be issues with the water treatment process or problems with the water distribution system. Water quality in most cities across America is acceptable based on the government standards for clean water. However, there are a wide variety of contaminants and indicators that can be present and have an affect on the health and safety of people even in small quantities, especially children, the elderly, pregnant women, and anyone suffering from sensitivities or allergies. The EPA website lists many indicators and contaminants for which water is currently tested.
Proper Drinking Water Filtration Can Protect from the following Water Contaminants and Indicators:
Microorganisms such as Giardia lamblia, Legionella Total Coliforms like E. Coli, viruses and many others
Disinfection Byproducts such as Bromate, Chlorite, Haloacetic acids (HAA5), and Total Trihalomethanes (TTHMs)
Disinfectants such as Chloramines, Chlorine, and Chlorine dioxide
Inorganic Chemicals such as Arsenic, Asbestos, Barium, Beryllium, Copper, Cyanide, Fluoride, Lead, Mercury, Nitrate, Nitrite, Selenium, and Thallium
Organic Chemicals that include Benzene, Atrazine, Alachlor, Cyanazine, Acetochlor, Carbon tetrachloride, Chlorobenzene, Dichlorobenzenes, Dichloroethanes, Dichloroethylenes, Dioxin (2,3,7,8-TCDD), Ethylbenzene, Ethylene dibromide, Styrene, Toxaphene and many, many more
Radionulides such as Alpha particles, Beta particles and photon emitters, Radon, Radium 226 and 228, and Uranium.
How Drinking Water Filtration Can Help:
Drinking water filtration at the home or business is the best way to ensure clean, healthy, safe water. Contaminants can be found in bottled water, as well as tap water, so drinking water filtration is the only surefire way to know the water has been properly filtered. There are a wide variety of drinking water filtration systems to choose from and these systems often go far beyond the simple Britta or Pur filters that can be purchased at many department stores. Under sink, counter top, point of use, and whole house water filtration systems can protect people from a many potentially harmful contaminants, as well as simply make drinking water taste much better.
Drinking water filtration systems, such as the well known Doulton water filters, can do the following:
- · Remove chlorine and odors.
- Prevent Pathogenic Bacteria from contaminating water (cholera, typhoid, salmonella, E-coli, etc.).
- Remove Cryptosporidium.
- Remove 0.5 microns of rust.
- Filter organics.
- Filter lead and heavy metals out of drinking water.
- Improve taste
It is easy to also choose a drinking water filtration system that is simple to install and maintain over time. Replacement filters should be easy to find, order and install as well.
Why Consumers Should Always Consult a Trusted Drinking Water Filtration Expert:
It is important to consult with a drinking water filtration and water testing expert in order to be sure the filter system installed has been chosen to manage water quality problems specific to the user’s need. A professional water quality expert can assist with water testing to identify the top priorities for water safety. The expert can then recommend various drinking water filtration systems that are compatible and help the buyer understand the advantages and disadvantages of various systems. A drinking water filtration consultant will also assist with any questions regarding installation, maintenance and replacement filters. It may incur an additional water quality consulting fee, but it is worth the money to know that drinking water is safe and healthy.
Edward Cortright has achieved Certification as a Water Quality Specialist from the Water Quality Association. The Certification indicates a professional level of knowledge in water chemistry, water treatment applications, and water problem diagnosis. The Water Quality Association is an international organization dedicated to establishing and maintaining high professional standards in the point-of -use/ point-of-entry water quality improvement industry. They provide leadership, education, technical support, and product certification for meeting NSF/ANSI standards that qualify product safety. WQA is a global organization elevating professionals in the the water treatment industry for water treatment systems in residential homes, business and light industry. Edward Cortright is the owner of Filters for Tap. For more about the company click here. And for more information about the Water Quality Association.
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