We live in an age where clean drinking water is available to us at any time of the day thanks to extensive water systems that most governments around the world have installed into towns and cities. Never before have we collectively had more access to drinking water in all of history, but there are some downsides to this.
Because of the amount of water that is taken out and put back into the system every day, and because our sewage works and water filtration facilities are often linked, water needs to be cleaned in massive quantities at a time.
What this means than is that water facilities need a quick way to clean that much water in a relatively short amount of time before pumping it back into the system, and the fastest way to accomplish this is by purging the water with a variety of chemicals designed to get rid of harmful bacteria in the water, such as E. Coli.
Are Filters Necessary?
But as this process is completed over and over, the more chemicals are required to bleach the water and make it safe, and it’s those chemicals that may start to cause harm to the people drinking the water every day.
The best way to get around this is by installing a home filtration system that automatically filters both the bacteria and the chemicals out of the water, allowing you to spend your extra time on hobbies or betting sites rather than boiling endless litres of water all day.
1. Investigate Your Water
Before buying a filter system, it’s best to first have the water tested to make sure it’s safe. Most first world countries provide water that is completely safe to drink all the time, and having it checked first can mean saving plenty of money on an otherwise expensive filter.
The easiest way to go about this is to take a sample of water from your tap and send it into the local university or testing lab, where they will tell you what is and isn’t in the water.
2. Different Filter Options
If the lab finds that your water isn’t clean enough, or perhaps contains a potentially harmful cocktail of chemicals, such as too much chlorine, it might be worth investing in a filter for home. Filters come in all shapes and sizes, and it depends wholly on what you want.
- Tap Filters: These are the most basic filters available and they sit on the end of whatever tap they attach to and automatically filter out any impurities. Because they are so basic, they may not have the same stopping power as more advanced filters.
- Pitcher Filters: These are dispensers that take the water, filter and clean it with a carbon filter that removes all the contaminates.
- Counter-top Filters: These are the most expensive, but also provide the widest option in terms of filtration and mineral replacement. The water from the tap will first be filtered of any contaminants present, such as chlorine and bacteria. The next step will see minerals being deposited into the water, making it resemble the fresh spring water more often found in mountainous regions.