With water filter systems becoming more popular lately, it has become quite difficult to choose the right product out of the many different water filter technologies. Relying on manufacturer claims can result in choosing a product that is ineffective in removing the contaminants from the water of the buyer’s area. First you need to be informed about the water quality in your area and residence, as some contaminant might come in from bad plumbing as well. There are independent water testing labs, where you can send samples from your water tap.
With the information about the contaminants that exist in your drinking water, you can choose which filter you need and which standards it needs to fulfil. Some contaminants that are most common include lead, DBP, parasites, arsenic, aluminium. The effects on our health can range from gastrointestinal diseases to cancer in cases of prolonged exposure.
The Importance of Choosing the Right Water Filter for Our Health
There are two different styles of water treatment systems for your house, depending on where you connect it. A point of use (POU) system is used to filter water coming out from a single faucet, for example the kitchen sink faucet. A counter top water filter is one example of a POU device. The second style is a point of entry (POE) system, which treats water before it enters your home, thus water that comes out from every single faucet will be filtered water.
A whole house water filtration provides such service. Which contaminants are removed by the filter must be listed on its product information. Whole house water treatment system is usually connected after the water meter and treats water before it enters the residence. Best practice in choosing a water filter is by selecting a product that has been certified by an independent institution such as NSF International. There are several standards covered by NSF
International for water treatment technologies:
1. Water Filtration (Standard 42, 53)
2. Softener (Standard 44)
3. Ultraviolet treatment (Standard 55)
4. Reverse Osmosis (Standard 58)
5. Distillers (Standard 62)
Be informed and choose wisely. Water is life, healthy water contributes to a healthy life.