Choosing a Drinking Water System for Your Home

Did you know that…

· The average American family uses more than 300 gallons of water per day at home. Roughly 70% of this use occurs indoors.

· In a year, the average American residence uses over 100,000 gallons.

· Since the average faucet releases 2 gallons of water per minute, you can save up to four gallons of water every morning by turning off the tap while you brush your teeth.

· A running toilet can waste up to 200 gallons of water each day.

· At one drip per second, a faucet can leak 3,000 gallons in a year.

· A bath uses up to 70 gallons of water; a five-minute shower uses 10 to 25 gallons.

While all of us are water consumers, how many of us actually know what is in our water? After all, every day we use water washing our clothes and dishes, brushing our teeth, shampooing our hair and dozens of other activities, but how much thought do we give the water itself?

Sure, we can buy bottled water to drink and that is a short-term fix, but in the long run it is more expensive and bad for our environment. More interesting, is that bottled water companies are only held to the standards of the self-regulated water systems, but any water product that contains even 1% flavoring are not required to meet those standards.

So, what is the consumer to do? This is a case where the best defense is a good offense. So, rather than react to the news that our water is not nearly as safe as one might like, it is time to be proactive and have a drinking water system installed in your home. With a water filtration system in place you can be certain that the water you drink with and cook with is clean and safe- and that definitely beats the alternative.

When buying a water treatment system for your home, you will discover there is a wide range of choices. Be it simple countertop models to those that are installed during the building of your home, having clean water is simple to achieve, just take time to familiarize yourself with the types of systems available.

· Carbon Water Filters – These contain carbon and are perfect for removing any smells or taste from your water. The carbon will remove chlorine, pesticides, herbicides, radon, some inorganic chemicals and other unwanted elements. However, it will not remove things such as salts, nitrates and some metals.

· Reverse Osmosis Water Filters – These are perfect for removing inorganic chemicals such as salts, metals (including lead), minerals, nitrates, asbestos, and some organic chemicals

· Water Distillers – These are perfect if your goal is to have a portable water filtration unit. A water distiller will remove most dissolved solids, such as salts, asbestos fibers, metals, minerals, particles, and some organic chemicals.

· UV Water Purifiers – While these will remove bacteria and viruses, and perhaps improve the taste of your water, they will not be effective against chemicals, cysts and spores. To be more effective, it is recommended that one use them in conjunction with a carbon water filtration system.

Having clean drinking water is worth taking the time to choose a drinking water filtration system. Talk to your local EPA people or a water specialists and learn what type of system is recommended for your needs and home’s design.