Whether your tap water comes from a public water supply or a private well, the quality of the water is vital to your family’s health and well-being. There are always unwanted—and potentially harmful—minerals, microorganisms, bacteria, or elements, such as lead, that can get into your drinking water. Some of these contaminants may be harmless—for instance, the water may not taste good—while others could be detrimental to your health. To ensure your family is getting nothing but pure, clean water from your faucets, you will want to install a home water filtration system that removes contaminants.
The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) does not regulate private wells. If you are among the 13 million homes in the US that have one, you are responsible for your own drinking water safety. Wells can be contaminated from human activity, such as chemical manufacturing, or naturally occurring sources, such as radon from rocks.
Here are some of the contaminants commonly found in well water and how they can affect your health:
While the United States water system is one of the safest globally, the water can be contaminated at the source, in the distribution system, or even in your home.
A 2020 study by Purdue University, the largest of its kind, found that the water quality from your home faucet can differ from the water quality at the public source:
If you have a private well, you should test the water every year for coliform bacteria, nitrates, total dissolved solids, and pH levels. If there are known groundwater problems in your area or you notice a change in water quality, you should also do testing.
If you have water from a public supply, then you should receive an annual report on the system’s water quality. You should get your water tested if you notice an odor, bad taste, sulfur or chlorine smell, discoloration, cloudiness, or people in your home have frequent gastrointestinal problems.
While some contaminants are easier to identify because your water smells or tastes bad, others can go undetected. The only way to know for sure they are in your water is to have it tested. Some undetectable water contaminants include:
Water filters remove impurities from your water via a filter or barrier that can be mesh or carbon or via reverse osmosis. The latter uses a partially permeable membrane to separate ions, unwanted molecules, and larger particles from drinking water.
For instance, the Puronics Reverse Osmosis under-sink systems provide clean water to your faucet on demand. These have multiple filtration systems, including:
The combination progressively reduces fine particles and other common water contaminants. In addition, it is an affordable option that does not use electricity to work, also making it energy efficient.
There are many benefits to installing a water filtration system in your home:
An Aqualite filtration system will remove harmful contaminants and pollutants from your water and inhibit bacteria growth in the filter. As a result, you will have peace of mind knowing the water your family drinks, bathes in, and cooks with is the purest, safest, and cleanest water possible.
Since filtration removes chemicals, microorganisms, and other contaminants from your drinking water, the water from your tap will taste better. When your water tastes better, you drink more of it, which is good for proper hydration and your health!
If your water does not taste good and is not refreshing, you may be more likely to buy bottled water. When you drink tap water in a reusable bottle, you eliminate plastic waste. Of all trash, plastics are the most harmful to the environment and can take 450 years to decompose.
A water filtration system leaves less soap scum on your dishes, making them look cleaner when they come out of the dishwasher.
Contaminants in your water supply can cause your clothes’ color to fade and fibers to break down faster. Filtered water will help your clothes last longer and smell better.
Impurities in your water can dry your skin and cause it to be itchy and irritated. With fewer minerals in the water, your skin can hold moisture better. Plus, when you drink more filtered water, better hydration makes your skin smoother and more radiant.
When minerals, metals, and chemicals are in your water, they can cause corrosion and scale buildup in your pipes, causing them to clog.
A water filtration system can extend the life of appliances that use water. Scale buildup inside the devices makes them work harder. As a result, dishwashers, washing machines, coffee machines, ice makers, and water heaters do not last as long.
Scale buildup in your pipes can narrow the space for water to pass through and decrease your water heater’s efficiency by 50%. As a result, it must work harder to heat the water, thus leading to higher home energy costs. For example, according to the non-profit Water Quality Association (WQA), scale deposits will cause a 4% increase in gas costs for a storage-tank water heater when using 50 gallons of hot water per day.
Now what? The first step is to test your water. Aqualite offers free in-home water testing for both city water and private wells. We look for hard-to-identify problems that affect water quality and could impact your health. Based on the results from the initial test, our water technician will discuss the findings and review recommendations and possible solutions with you. Contact us today to find the best water filtration system for your home!
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