Any local water filtration dealer will always try to sell you on the
most expensive and largest marked up priced drinking water filter; but
you don't have to break the piggy bank to have safe great tasting
drinking water. The problem with buying water purification systems is
that you need to find out what is in the water in order to make the
right purchase that suits you and your needs. Every water sources
contains different contaminants even your neighbor's water may show
different results than your own.
The best solution is to do at least a basic water test for Iron,
Nitrogen, Hardness, Copper, Nitrates, Hydrogen Sulfide, and Bacteria.
These kinds of kits can be purchased for about $25-30 are very accurate
and just as good as sending your water to labs which can cost $150 or
more. Test kits like these are very easy to find online and could save
you time and money. If you have any contaminants that are showing up
positive and above the water quality recommended levels then it's best
to consider home reverse osmosis water systems; otherwise a good carbon
filter can do wonders.
People who live in the city usually have very well regulated water so
the harmful contaminants are at a level lower than the federal/state
water quality requirements. In cases like this where harmful
contaminants are better than the water quality requirements, a good
carbon filter will be not only be cost effective but usually more than
enough to give you great tasting water. Carbon filtration is capable of
removing many different types of contaminants. The most common
contaminant removed by carbon block filters is Chlorine, bad taste and
bad odors. For more intense removal of contaminants or bottled quality
water, you may want to consider a reverse osmosis system.
Reverse osmosis water treatment systems
are capable of removing up to 99.9% of contaminants; although certain
contaminants like high iron or hardness may require some special
pre-treatment. Reverse osmosis systems
have been used for decades and is a technology that was developed by
the navy to filter sea water into high quality drinking water.A very
good majority of bottled water companies like Nestle, Kirkland, Dasani
and Aquafina use reverse osmosis as one of their stages of filtration.
Home reverse osmosis water systems are now much more affordable and can
easily fit under most kitchen sinks to readily give you great tasting
drinking water straight from your tap. The actual cost of reverse
osmosis systems could range anywhere from $159-$400 depending on the
accessories added and any certifications but entry level systems are
actually extremely well priced for the quality of water produced.
In the long run, any kind of drinking water filter system
that you choose will save you hundreds a year just from buying bottled
water. So do yourself a favor, join the hundreds of thousands and get a
drinking water filter to save yourself some money.
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