Saturday, February 1, 2014

Residential Water Treatment Equipment - What Technology Works Best?

Seeing that not all residential water treatment equipment is created equal, it's important to be aware of what technology works best and produces the healthiest water. This article will explain what kind of technology the leading systems use so you can make sure you get water treatment equipment that's reliable and effective.

Did you know that the same technology has been used in our public water treatment plants since some of them were build in the early 1900s? They initially use the same type of filtration system as a standard swimming pool does: it filters out the visible stuff and then disinfects it by adding chlorine.

This is more the reason to make sure you use the most effective residential water treatment equipment.

So to start, let's discuss what kind of technology is NOT suitable for home use. Generally, reverse osmosis and distillation is not meant for purifying water for drinking purposes. This is because both methods remove all the healthy minerals that are naturally found in water- minerals like calcium, iron, potassium, magnesium, and sodium. These kind of systems were build for the photo, printing, and medical fields because their equipment required the use of demineralized water.

I'll quickly note that any type of pour-through pitcher product is not ideal for home use. Although any filter is better than no filter, pitchers are by far the least effective and most expensive. They are cheap initially, but you have to replace the filters up to 3 times a month!

The most effective and reliable water treatment equipment will use a multi-stage filtration process consisting of various types of technologies. Seeing that not all contaminants require the same means of filtration, a multi-stage process is really the only way to assure maximum filtration.

For example, a sediment prefilter will be able to remove all the visible sediment, particulate, bad taste and odor molecules, and chlorine so the next filters can remove more difficult contaminants. A sub micron filter can then remove synthetic chemicals and VOCs, chlorinated byproducts (THMs), and cysts.

One of the newest types of water filtration equipment technology is ion exchange. This process actually removes all the harmful lead ions from water and replaces them with healthy potassium ions.

So when looking for residential water treatment equipment, make sure that what you get uses numerous types of filtration methods so it can remove as many different contaminants as possible. I advise to look online so you can get a better deal too. Buying factory-direct through a manufacturer's website saved me and my family hundreds of dollars!