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Why Use Water Filters?

9/11/2013 6:14:06 PM | by Anonymous

Filters: Water

Water filters are filters used to treat contaminated water before it reaches the tap. It aids in removing impurities, sediment and pathogens. Additionally, it is designed to ensure that the filtered water is pure and safe for drinking and to improve the flavour of the water. On top of improving the taste of water, it also helps to trap sediment which can make water look unsightly adding a bad taste. Sand, rust, and dirt can get into well water, containing it with sediments which are not necessarily harmful but are potentially unpleasant to drink. Sediment filtration are good for plumbing as it reduces buildups and blockages caused by the sediments, and eliminates sediment staining of sinks, toilets, showers and clothing. You should expect water from different regions to have its own unique flavour, but the process of filtering the water does not make it taste funny. Water filters work by capturing the microscopic life that lives in abundance in freshwater.


There are consequences for drinking untreated water which can be severe. Water that tastes fine can contain bacteria, parasites and protozoa that cause illnesses. Some of which includes fatigue, loss of appetite, diarrhea, nausea and vomiting. Diseases that spread cause of untreated water are dysentery and cholera etc. Parasitic infestations from contaminated water can also lead to the development of muscle aches, rashes, chills, fever, coughs, neurological symptoms and malnutrition etc. While most illnesses from drinking contaminated water can cause discomfort for a few days up to a few weeks, others can be fatal.


Water filters can be found in home supply stores or ordered directly through plumbing suppliers or specialty companies. There are different kinds of water filtering systems out there. Individual needs should be considered before deciding on the type of filters to get. Additionally, how much water you will need to filter should also be taken into consideration.


Water filters can be installed in several locations. Some people install them directly at the pump, filtering the water as soon as it reaches surface. It can also be placed at the inlet to the home, filtering drinking water while irrigation water remains untouched. Others may also choose to filter individual taps.


1. Portable Water Filters

Portable water filters are the easiest and possibly safest way to treat water for drinking. The least expensive may cost less than $20, while more expensive filters can cost up to several hundreds. For an average user, it is possible to find a functional water filter for less than a hundred dollars.


2. Pitcher Filters

These are great and most suited for the occasional need for filtered clean water. It adds water to the top portion of the jug, as the water flows through an internal filter into the main canister. However, the downside is that it may take several minutes for the water to filter through.


3. Faucet Mounted Filters

Faucet mounted filters allows you to filter water straight from the tap and diverts the water from the filter so that you do not waste your filter when you just want regular water that can be used for doing dishes. Faucet mounted filters are however pretty small.


4. Under the Sink Filters

These systems are similar to the faucet-mounted filters. However, these filters only services a single sink in the house. They are usually installed under the sink that comes with a dedicated faucet or tap. The filters are generally larger and are longer lasting than other filters.


5. Whole House Filters

These filters systems are installed at the water source for your house. It provides filtered water throughout the house. You would likely need a unit like this if your water standard is very poor and you want filtration for all uses. Once you get to this size of water filters, you can then establish more elaborate filtering or water softening.

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