Water is the sustaining substance of life, but can you be sure it is clean and healthy? While there is some controversy on the matter, it is hard to know for sure that your tap water is as pure as you might like. It probably does meet minimal standards set by the government, but research has shown many public water supplies have trace amounts of many kinds of harmful chemicals. While water is essential to good health, it is that only if it is as clean as possible. One way to make sure is by filtering your water, and a reverse osmosis system is the most effective way to filter your water so you can drink and shower in the cleanest possible water.
Water is treated with a variety of chemicals in public utility systems. This does keep out the very harmful bacteria and germs that could cause serious diseases. Even so, it would be ideal of you did not have to drink those chemicals. There is also the issue of fluoride, which is a controversial substance added to water that is suppose to promote dental health. Some people believe it is not healthy, and there are experts on both sides of that issue.
A study commissioned by the EPA found many water supplies had as many as 300 contaminants. None of those will kill you, and none will make you deathly ill in most cases, but eventually they could take a toll. Bottled water is not a viable alternative either, because much of what is bottled is bottled tap water.
Some areas of the country also have bad tasting water, and that is another reason to filter you water. Water that has all the contaminants removed just tastes better.
The best answer then is to filter your water to get the things out that you don’t want. These are things you cannot see with the naked eye. In most cases they are dissolved compounds that only a strong filtration system can get out.
The National Sanitation Foundation rates water filtering systems, and if you get one, be sure it has their seal on it. This seal insures it has met standard requirements for filtration systems.
A reverse osmosis system is much more effective than a plain water filter. In this system water pressure pushes water through a semi-permeable membrane that filters down to the molecular level. It clears out most contaminants. The purified water is then collected into a storage tank and contaminants flushed. This system removes salt and inorganic material and is good where there is salty tasting water.
There is a pre filtering stage, and then a carbon filter removes chlorine, pesticides and other chemicals. The reverse osmosis membrane then removes just about everything else, such as lead, salt and other dissolved solids. With a post filter in the storage tank, anything else is taken out. There can be some dissolving of some of the rubber filter, but most systems have a way of taking care of that as part of the process.
With a reverse osmosis system in place that goes through all these steps, you an be confident you are getting 99 percent pure water, and there is nothing healthier than that. There are also two types of membranes used in reverse osmosis. The main difference between the two is that one cleans out the chlorine while the other one does not. There is a balance here. The one that eliminates chlorine is not quiet as effective with other contaminants. The most effective filter is one that takes care of 99 percent of the contaminants, but only in chlorine free water.