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February 15, 2012
Every year millions of Americans spend billions of dollars purchasing bottled drinking water. Many people believe bottled water provides a tastier, healthier and safer alternative to drinking tap water.
The truth is that most bottled water is merely filtered tap water. You can improve the quality of your own tap water with a water filtration system and save money by not buying bottled water. Here we explore the three most popular types of water filtration systems.
Hard water is a result of high levels of dissolved minerals in the water, especially magnesium and calcium. Hard water can sometimes have an odor and often causes a bad taste and darker color.
Water conditioners work by removing dissolved minerals and small particulates. Installing a water conditioner will result in:
- Natural Taste – the water conditioner will remove minerals that contribute to the water’s unfavorable taste
- Brighter Laundry – hard water can react with many kinds of soap, which makes the soap less effective
- Cleaner Dishes – no more hard water deposits on your dishes!
- Safer Plumbing – hard water deposits build up in plumbing pipes and appliances, creating corrosion and clogs
Reverse osmosis filtration systems work by forcing the water through a filter that removes minerals from the water. These systems create great, tasteless, mineral-free drinking water.
Reverse Osmosis is effective at removing:
- Total dissolved solids
- Lead and other toxic metals
- Chlorinated pesticides
- Heavier-weight volatile organic compounds (VOC’s)
UV Water Purifiers
Ultraviolet water purification systems are the newest kids on the block. UV purifiers use an ultraviolet light to eliminate biological micro-organisms. When the water passes under the UV lamp, the harmful microbes absorb the UV energy, which kills them by scrambling their DNA.
Unlike chlorination, there are no harmful micro-organisms known to be resistant to UV. UV purifiers remove more biological contaminants from drinking water than any other method.
UV water purifiers remove:
UV water purification systems’ sole purpose is to remove harmful biological contaminants. For that reason, it does not remove heavy metals, chlorine, VOC’s or other chemical contaminants. You can pair a UV purifier with another purification method for best results.
Improve the quality of your drinking water with a water purification system and save hundreds of dollars each year while helping the environment by reducing the amount of bottled water you purchase.
Contact Pippin Brothers, the plumbing experts, for more information on the best water purification system for you.