The safety and quality of drinking water are a growing concern among the masses. This fact is seemingly confirmed by the popularity of bottled water. For something that is freely available, the success of the bottled water industry is indeed remarkable.
Having a drinking water treatment system at home is a good way to ensure that water coming out of your tap is safe and clean to use. You never know what sort of contaminants can be found in your water supply despite state and local standards. At least with a drinking water treatment system, you can be certain about the steps you have taken to ensure the safety of water in your home.
However, the quality of water produced by your treatment system depends entirely on the quality of the system itself. That is why it is important to choose your water treatment system carefully.
Below is a list of considerations when it comes to selecting a drinking water treatment system:
* Amount of purified water you desire to use per day (A typical family of four may consume about 4 to 8 gallons of water a day)
* Types of contaminants found in your water. Be sure to distinguish between contaminants that are actually found in your water and those that occasionally show up. You will need to request your water supplier for a report. An alternative would be to have your water tested.
* Contaminants you want to remove from your water. Now, you might say that you want to remove all. However, that is impossible since there is no such thing as 100% water. At best, choose to remove those contaminants that are harmful to your health, as opposed to those that naturally occur in water and do not cause any adverse effects on a person’s health.
* Cost. Consider both the initial cost and the ongoing costs.
* Value. Look for products that are certified to perform as advertised.
Drinking-Water Treatment Methods
There are several different drinking water treatment methods, and they are organized under two broad categories: point of use devices and point of entry systems.
A point of use device treats water at a specific point where it is used, usually the kitchen sink. The device limits protection to a single faucet usually. It is a cost-effective method since only a few hundred gallons of water are treated.
On the other hand, a point of entry system focuses on the entire water supply in the home. The device is installed usually at the source of your water supply itself so that all the water that enters the home has already gone through the drinking water treatment process, ensuring that it is safe and clean to use.