Sunday, December 22, 2013

The Ins and Outs of Drinking Water Treatment Systems

For great water purification within your home it is essential that you install a drinking water treatment system. There are many systems available that are effective in the purification process providing us with high quality water.

Information about drinking water treatment systems and being able to identify the right system for you can be a daunting prospect. Technology advances have bought about systems that clean water using methods such as ultraviolet light and reverse osmosis.

To make things easier in the decision making process I have chosen to outline a variety of treatment methods.


Distillation treats contaminated water using the heat of the sun. The water is contained in clear glass or plastic containers, which causes water to evaporate. This evaporated water should be free of bacteria and therefore healthy and safe to drink. Drinking water treatment systems such as this can end up quite costly.

Chemical treatments:

Treating water with chemicals is a successful way of removing bacteria that can cause serious illness and disease. Some of these chemical treatments include-

o Chlorine
o Iodine
o Peroxide

Although these chemicals are effective as a form of treatment, they can leave the purified water with an odd chemical taste and need to be replaced and updated on a regular basis.

Ultraviolet treatments:

Shining extreme ultraviolet light into water has proven to be efficient at removing bacteria from water. The light kills germs and bacteria to provide fresh drinking water.

Using ultraviolet light draws a high-energy usage, which will increase costs. If the water contains heavy sediments it may also be less effective than other forms of drinking water treatment systems.

Reverse osmosis:

The process of reverse osmosis involves forcing the water through the tiniest of holes in order to eliminate organisms, pesticides and pollutants such as chlorine, arsenic and lead.

Reverse osmosis does have disadvantages, which include the following -
o High cost involved
o Uses large quantities of water to produce smaller quantities of clean water
o Removes essential minerals such as magnesium and calcium

Magnesium and calcium are essential for growth and development in children and it is imperative that these nutrients remain in our drinking water.

Drinking plain tap water is no longer a safe option for many households. Companies that specialise in the creation of drinking water treatment systems can provide more advice pertinent to your situation and needs in regards to obtaining the perfect system for you.