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The importance of filtration and reverse osmosis.

Rural-HouseUnited States drinking water supplies are considered the safest in the World. Although the Environmental Protection Agency sets standards and regulates public drinking water through primary and secondary standards, source waters can still become contaminated. Possible waterborne pathogens include Cryptosporidium, E coli, Hepatitis A, Giardia intestinalis, and a variety of other contaminants that can cause sickness and disease. As a result many Americans use point of entry and point of use water treatment to remove hardness minerals, take extra precautions, remove specific contaminants, or improve the taste of drinking water.

The first step in household water treatment is filtration. Filtration is the capture of gases or dissolved solids by one of many filtration medias such as, filter aggregate, activated carbon or greensand to name a few. The next step in household water treatment usually is a water softener which is used to remove hardness minerals from the water if they are present. Removing hardness minerals from household water is very beneficial to the home by protecting appliances and plumbing from scale build up, ultimately saving homeowner money. Filtration and softening of source water provides higher quality water inside the home for cleaning, washing and bathing.

The last step in household water treatment is usually reverse osmosis producing the highest and safest water possible for drinking and cooking. Reverse osmosis is a process of forcing water through a semi-permeable membrane removing up to 98% of contaminates in water. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention “reverse osmosis systems have a very high effectiveness in removing protozoa (for example, Cryptosporidium), Bacteria (for example, Salmonella and E. coli), viruses (for example, Hepatitis A) and common chemical contaminants (for example, sodium, copper, lead, fluoride, radium, nitrates, phosphorous, as well common minerals).” Reverse osmosis systems provide purified water at your kitchen sink.

American Drinking water supplies are among the most regulated substances on the planet with standards set by the Environmental Protection Agency and considered the safest in the world. However, technology exists to improve the quality of water in the home at relatively low cost. It is possible to remove hardness minerals to protect home appliances and plumbing, take extra precautions to insure a higher water quality and vastly improve the quality and taste of drinking and cooking water. It is well known that water is essential for us all, who wouldn’t want the highest quality of water available for themselves and their family. Contact your local water treatment company to discuss taking control of your water quality and protecting your home and family.