The Benefits of Water Purification
Posted on October 11, 2016 by oozle
Why Water Purification is Important
Water purification and water filtration are distinct processes. Water purification is a more thorough process than water filtration, removing contaminants of all sizes from the water, rather than just large particulates. While most municipal water is perfectly safe for consumption, there are many chemicals and contaminants that make it through the treatment process. In small quantities, many of these chemicals are not hazardous to health, but larger amounts of these contaminants and long term exposure has raised concerns on long term health among many people who have an interest in the quality of their drinking water.
Water Treatment & Contaminants
Municipal water is treated with a number of chemicals such as: chlorine, fluorosilicic acid, aluminum sulfate, calcium hydroxide, and sodium silicofluoride. To kill bacteria and harmful microorganisms on this scale, the addition of these types of chemicals is necessary in the treatment process. As water passes through pipes, though, it can pick up nitrates, toxic metal salts, pesticides, and other harmful pathogens. A lot of tap water also contains traces of copper, aluminum, arsenic, lead, radium, and mercury from this transference.
Long term exposure to these metals and chemicals in high enough quantities could cause health problems. You can test your tap water with a Total Dissolved Solids meter, or TDS, that measures these particulates in parts per million as a gauge of water purity. Tap water ordinarily measures between 150 and 420 ppm. You can reduce this number significantly with a good water purification system.
Complete Water Purification
One of the most effective water purification process is the reverse osmosis system. These systems have the capacity to remove most harmful or undesirable contaminants that could pass through ordinary water treatment. A semi-permeable membrane catches everything larger than a water molecule, allowing everything smaller to pass through the system. This means that these purification systems better filter water for a cleaner, better tasting product since more chemicals and contaminants are trapped and prevented from passing through the filter.
Reverse osmosis systems are a bit costly to install and need to be maintained regularly to ensure that the filter membrane is clean to prevent contaminants from passing into the water. Aside from this initial investment and basic maintenance, the systems are highly reliable and can provide higher quality drinking water for residences and businesses alike. If you are concerned about residual contaminants in drinking water and want a better tasting, cleaner water, reverse osmosis systems are the best purification systems. The higher initial investment compared to other filtration systems will pay off in long term, cleaner drinking water.
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