Water. It's easy to take it for granted. We turn on the faucet, and there it is. However, a growing number of people in all parts of the country have water that tastes bad or is unhealthy for human consumption. Life can't survive without water, and fortunately, water filtration systems of many kinds are available to ensure your family is safe and healthy.
Michele Traylor, who lives in an otherwise safe and pleasant area in the Midwest, says her suburb has definite water issues. "It's a real problem that our public works department just can't get seem to get straightened out," she says. "In some areas of town, the water looks kind of rusty and many times the tap water smells like chlorine. We also have lime-scale build-up on our sink faucets and showerheads."
Traylor senses something is off with her water and notes it has even begun to affect her family's quality of life. "Besides all that, it just doesn't taste right. I know of some pet-owners who won't even let their cats and dogs drink the water," Traylor says. "Some people, myself included, have had issues with extremely dry skin and hair. We really love where we live, but like a lot of people in our town, my family has started to take measures to take care of the issue ourselves. We are using water filters for drinking water and in the showers."
Water consists of hydrogen and oxygen. However, if water is hard, it might also include calcium, magnesium, iron, manganese and aluminum. Joshua Meyer, marketing and sales representative for Pure n Natural Systems, says, "If the water you are drinking has toxic elements, instead of supporting your health, it may be causing harm from chemicals and pollutants that happen to be in the water." It's important to make sure the water you drink is free from contaminants and impurities.
In most cases, there's no need to test or purify your home's water yourself. Water filters like those Traylor is using "are fast becoming virtually a requirement in homes, given current and future levels of pollution," Meyer says. Designed to filter out impurities, they also improve the taste of your drinking water, protect appliances from water damage and generally help you live a healthier life. Then there are water filter systems, which vary in price, as well as how and where they work. For example, under-sink systems are plumbed into the cold-water line. While they might cost more initially, gallon for gallon, they cost less when compared with other filter options. Faucet-mount options are a convenient way to provide fresh-tasting filtered water from the tap. They are easy to maintain, and you don't need to tap into your sink's water line. They should be replaced every three months. Either type of system is a healthy choice; it just depends on your preference.
Filtered pitchers like Brita and filtered water bottles are convenient, economical and portable with no installation required. As the water passes through the filter, contaminants are trapped, leaving the filtered water in the bottom of the pitcher or bottle. Either product allows you to take clean water with you when you travel, exercise and do other activities.
Shower filters are designed to reduce scale (magnesium and calcium deposits), chlorine and odor so these impurities don't come in contact with skin and hair. Like the faucet-mount options, they fit easily on the showerhead and require periodic filter changes.
Traylor notes that peace of mind goes a long way. "I don't know whether the water where we live is really dangerous -- or just a nuisance -- but I am happy we are being cautious about it," she concludes. Learn more about your local water supply to see which devices would benefit your home and lifestyle. Health, safety and well-being are paramount, so take advantage of what's available, and purify your home.