Drinking water treatment gives access to clean drinking water. This is a luxury that is often taken for granted in the home. The United States drinking water is among the safest in the entire world, but that doesn’t mean the system is foolproof. According to the CDC (Center for Disease Control), water is still at risk of contamination of E. coli, Hepatitis A, and other pathogens that can lead to possible sickness or disease to those who consume it.
Even though there are set regulations and standards for water quality throughout America, there are additional precautions you can take to ensure that your drinking water is as safe as possible. Household drinking water treatments are available in addition to your local system. Think of it as an extra safety measure; extra precautions can never hurt. Here are some different types of treatment systems, and reasons why you may want to consider implementing them in your home.
Types of Treatment Systems
- Filtration Systems
A filtration system is one of the most common methods of drinking water treatment in individual homes. A filter can be placed along a pipe that introduces water into your home. After installation, it will remove impurities flowing into your home through a barrier or chemical process. Smaller filters are available that can be placed on a specific faucet-like your kitchen sink. It will filter the water coming from that one area.
A water distillation system heats water until it boils. It then collects the steam in a separate container for drinking, leaving impurities and contaminants behind in the boiling chamber. This method is convenient enough; some models can be placed on your countertop while others can be hooked up directly to your water supply.
“Hard” water refers to water that contains a significant amount of minerals, such as calcium or magnesium. While it may not be a health risk for you, it certainly is for your pipes. These minerals can build up over time and can severely damage your pipes. A water softener can be fitted to your pipes to introduce sodium or potassium, which will “soften” your water supply.
- Chemical or Physical
Chemical disinfection is a process in which agents are introduced into the water to kill harmful microorganisms. Chemical kits are available, but it’s wise to consult a professional before implementing chemicals into your water supply. Physical disinfection can be achieved through devices that use ultraviolet light, heat, or radiation.
Selecting the Best Drinking Water Treatment for Your Home
Now that you know the different types of drinking water treatment systems that are available for use in your home, it’s important to select the one that best suits your needs. When you begin the selection process, you should know about the water coming into your home on a daily basis. Here are a few things that you should consider:
- Know what’s in your water. Any homeowner can get a copy of a water quality report from their local water authority. If you get your water from a private well, you will need to get your water tested independently. The results will let you know what could potentially be affecting your water supply and will assist you in choosing the best treatment.
- What do you want to change? If your water quality report shows that you have hard water, you will want to change that with a softener. If your water contains specific contaminants that you want to be rid of, certain systems may work better than others. Know which aspects of your water quality, if any, that you want to treat.
- Consider all your options before making a decision. Even though there are plenty of water purification options readily available, you should choose one that best suits the needs of you and your home. After determining what pollutant risks your water may face and choose your water treatment method, you should consider cost and range of use. You may want to service your entire house or a specific point of use like your kitchen sink. Either way, you will have peace of mind knowing that your water quality has improved.
Now that you know the different types of drinking water treatment systems and how they work, you’re ready to choose the best system to introduce into your home. If you’re still unsure, contact a local professional to answer any questions or concerns that you may have. If you’re considering water treatment, it’s important to know how it will benefit you, and give you peace of mind knowing that your drinking water is safe.
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