6 Water Filter Types
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Water is the Elixir of Life! The Fountain of Youth!
I love water, pure crisp clean water that when it joins my pallet they become one as if drinking the essence of life itself.
No flavor, no color, just pure ecstasy. To drink water in its purest form to me feels like God is exclaiming “Yes, my child, yes!”
You know how it is said that cleanliness is next to godliness? That to me means soap and water is all that is needed to get you in the door to the Big Guy.
Whether cleaning your body, baby, car or cat all that is needed is water and soap. A long invigorating shower or relaxing aromatherapy bath does wonders for any mood. Optimally access clean soft water through a good filtration system would be most effective. But in absence of filtered water try a ***lemon rinse prior to your final rinse. The ideal being the lemon juice has antiseptic among other beneficial properties will act as a buffer between your skin and hard water.
My mother would tell you my passion began in utero. She said I’d splash around for what seemed like hours in her belly. Not kicking just felt like swimming. After birth I would cry when taken away from my little bathtub.
But I will tell you it began in Pennsylvania where I grew up. We could take empty bottles to the natural spring and fill them up for 5₵ each. Capitalism has made them less accessible but Natural Spring and Well Water are still around. Just bing or google for local listings.
Do you mask the flavor of tap water with tea or an artificial additive? Does your tap water have a piercing smell? Next, consider the contaminants that may be contained in ordinary tap water.
The EPA has set water quality standards (WQS) because of the contaminants flowing through community water. The list of contaminants is lengthy from Ammonia to Zinc. The EPA enforces these standards to ensure your tap water has safe levels of pollutants.
The CDC provides the list possible contaminants and safe levels. Scientific findings must be continually updated for pesticides, bacteria, Mercury, lead and arsenic to name but a few.
Smelly water comes from dissolved solids, bacteria, decay of organic matter, Acrolein in tap water has a very piercing smell of burning fat.
Acrolein comes from its industrial use as an herbicide to control algae, submerged and floating weeds. It is toxic and is irritating to eyes, nose and skin.
Your local water treatment facility is responsible for following EPA and CDC guidelines and would be responsible for removing or treating any substance that cause odors.
Our water supply come from lakes, reservoirs, rivers, surface or groundwater. If you have ever been past a water treatment facility you can smell what they are up against.
Regulations of the standards set forth by the EPA and Clean Water Act are approved on a regional level. The CDC provides the list of contaminants that must be removed as established by the Clean Water Act. Clean safe water quality is a big deal. It is not only a necessity it is the law.
Some people with severely compromised immune systems have an increased risk of unseen microscopic organisms being present in their water and should take special precautions with the water they drink.
Water testing is a wide ranged concept because it encompasses various procedures that analyze water quality. Water everywhere is subject to testing. Testing is for concern for personal family health and safety and to fulfill a regulatory requirements in your city or town. Click **PDF for great info on home water testing PDF provided by the EPA.
Boiling water for a full minute can kill some fungi. It is best to know what lurks in your water by testing.
You can find your states WQS by visiting the EPA website.
6 Water Filter Types
Costs vary depending on type (faucet, kitchen sink, shower, free-standing etc.) or where and how they’re installed or by the contaminants it removes. You may have a system connecting to your refrigerator ice or water system. Or connected to your main water source so that all water is treated. You may be treating to soften or to drink. Whatever your need quality filtration can be $20 and up to several thousands. They all require maintenance. Many would not be without a water treatment system. Always follow manufactures instructions.
Filters come in fabric, fiber and ceramic. The most common use activated carbon and are effective in improving taste. But can also reduce lead, cysts and other contaminants. Read the label carefully.
Activated Carbon Filter An activated carbon filter ensures that the end result tastes better and it gives a pleasant odor. This is because these filters serve to decrease the amount of chlorine present in the water along with other contaminants which make it unpleasant to drink. They will require maintenance. To prevent your unit from clogging follow manufactures instructions to determine when filter change is needed.
Distillers These systems heat water to the boiling point, then collect the vapors in the gas state as it condenses. Vaporization kill disease-causing microbes. Distilling leaves whatever contaminants are present unless the system is specifically designed to remove them. The taste to some is acquired and has been described as flat. Possibly due to natural minerals being removed.
Because minerals are removed from distilled water it is not ideal to drink long term. The benefit to drinking distilled water is if you have eaten or have been exposed to toxins such as pesticides. This inorganic matter can affect the bodies ability to absorb nutrients. When consuming distilled water for the purpose stated here is to detox the distilled water. Flushing the toxins from your body will allow nutrient rich foods to get to your organs to maintain proper function.
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