It used to be that home water purification systems were considered a luxury. No longer! With all of the information about the sorry state of our municipal water, more and more people are choosing to filter and purify their own water at home.
There are a number of technologies used in home water purification systems, and that makes it difficult to choose the right one for you and your family.
Hopefully, I can answer some of your questions about which types of water purifiers to choose and help make the decision of which type of system to buy a little easier.
First, however, I want to talk about why you need a water purification system at home in the first place, just in case you’re not convinced.
Why You Need a Home Water Purifier
Ralph Nader’s group did a study of American water systems and found over 2,000 carcinogenic chemicals in our water supplies. Another study was done, by another organization, of the water quality of 29 major U. S. cities. All 29 were found to have trace amounts of pesticides in their municipal drinking water. Many cities had two pesticides and one even had three pesticides present in their water.
Ten years ago the bottled water revolution started because people started realizing the health hazards in drinking tap water. Unfortunately, bottled water is not the panacea that it’s advertised to be. By far most of it comes straight out of a tap, just like your water at home. If the water is not transported across state lines (which most of it is not), then it’s not even subject to federal regulation at all!
In other words, there is only one inescapable conclusion–you need a home water purification systems of some sort! The only question is which type to buy.
Which System Is Right for You?
There are several types of sweetwater water filtration and purification technologies that home purification systems use–carbon filtration, reverse osmosis, and ultra-violet, for example.
There are problems with all three of these. Carbon filters wear out and have to be replaced. Also, they can’t filter out the spectrum of chemicals found in our water, today.
Reverse osmosis is very wasteful. In addition, it filters out trace minerals that we actually need in our water, like calcium. These trace minerals make the water taste better, but more importantly we need them for our bodily health.
Ultra-violet works well to kill bacteria and viruses. If you don’t expose the water for a long enough time to the UV radiation, then it won’t kill all of the contaminants. Also, UV does nothing for impurities like lead and chlorine.
What works best is home water purification systems that combine some of these technologies (and others) to create a filter that gets out both the organic and inorganic impurities and leaves in those all important trace minerals.