Knowing that tap water is a better choice than bottled water, what should you do if you don’t feel totally comfortable drinking your tap water? If you feel this way, you’re not alone. While municipalities do filter and treat the water to rid it from a number of contaminants, I would recommend getting to know some of what’s in your tap water by visiting your county or city website to check out the water quality report for your area. Part of their decontamination process as you might expect includes adding chemicals such as chlorine to kill bacteria, viruses, and parasites to make the water “safer” to drink as these pathogens can pose a major immediate health risk to the community. Most of us, myself included, don’t want to drink chlorine or its byproducts so we need to solve that problem. We must also take into consideration what happens between the time the water has left the treatment facility and arrives at your home? It has traveled through a series of pipelines which can recontaminate the water. So what now?
Your very best option for having the cleanest, safest drinking water is to filter it again using high quality filters. This can easily be accomplished with a Point of Use filtration system. Point of Use simply means you are filtering the water right before it comes out of the tap. You can have confidence knowing who and what has come in contact with your water between the time it has been filtered and the time you consume it.
Some of the newer POU systems have been engineered to take up very little space and they are surprisingly more affordable than one might think. The initial cost of a filtration system compared to pitcher filters, faucet attachment filters, and refrigerator filters may be a bit more but over time you will save money, enjoy much cleaner water, and you will spend less time worrying about buying water, storing water, or frequent filter changes.
There are a few key things to look for when choosing the right filter system.
Make sure you choose a system with a series of high quality filters. I will describe why you need more than one, what different types of filters accomplish, and how each works a little later.
In the mean time I will mention that filters such as Brita pitchers, Pur faucet filters, or fridge filters aren’t the best choice for filtering your drinking water because as I mentioned, you need more than one filter to effectively remove contaminants and these filters are just too small to last for any reasonable amount of time. Changing your filters according to manufacturer recommendation is critical to prevent bacterial overload and excess accumulation of contaminants and an old filter can do more harm than good. This is one more reason you should invest in a multi-filter system, the filters work together so each filter in the system protects the next which can help to extend their lifespan.