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Understanding Water Filtration

 
Most homeowners on municipal water understand or are aware that the municipality purifies the water before sending it out to their homes. Whether the water is drawn from municipal wells or nearby lakes and resources, the municipalities do a great job at sanitizing the water prior to it reaching your home. However, what happens between the treatment plant and your home is an unknown factor that can jeopardize the water filtration efforts of the municipality.

Is Your Water Safe?

The water that the municipality sends to your home is tested and monitored on an ongoing basis and then leaves the treatment plant. The water then travels through miles and miles of pipe to reach your home and passes hundreds, if not thousands, of other homes, businesses and factories. Before being delivered to your home, there is the potential for something to happen to that clean, safe water that left the treatment plant. From a major risk such as a failure in a protection device, such as a backflow preventer at a chemical feeding system at a factory to a minor risk such as your neighbour fertilizing their lawn. The unprotected use of a garden hose and a store bought lawn spray fertilizer can pose a risk to the water supply. Another form of contamination besides chemical is biological; There are many ways that this can occur, but of of the simplest but most disturbing in our trade is the improper installation of drain line from water filtration equipment such as water softeners and reverse osmosis systems. Systems that do not have a proper air gap create the risk of of bacteria such as E. coli travelling back into our water supply. This is why an installation of any water sourced equipment should only be performed by trained and certified professionals.

Protecting Your Home Water System

There are several methods to protect ourselves from contaminates in water. The first is one of the simplest measures you can take, and that is adding a water softener, which removes chlorine. This improves your whole home water condition and removes a chemical that by design is meant to get water to your home safely, but once it’s there we want it gone.

It is important to note however, that not all water softeners remove chlorine.

Drinking Water

Although your water softener has improved your water condition and remove chlorine, there are other chemicals when introduced will pass through a water softener and into your drinking water. The best water filtration method for removing chemicals is with a reverse osmosis (RO) system. These systems are designed to remove all chemicals from your water to a level of zero, through a series of filters and membranes which are purer than most bottled waters.

Call the experts at Plumbway for more details about improving your water filtration system at 905-574-3456.

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