There are many reasons why you should filter your tap water. We all know that we need to drink lots of water, but did you know that the body is made up of 65% water therefore it is a necessity to keep hydrated. Water is essential to health, the trouble is, drinking tap or even spring water could be giving your body more than you bargained for. There are many variables in our tap water this includes things like local council regulations, water source, age of pipes, location and many other things that have an impact on the quality of water you are actually drinking. Here are a few reasons why you should filter your tap water.
TASTE AND ODOUR: Chlorine is generally the most common cause to bad tasting water although unpleasant tastes and odours can be caused by a variety of conditions. Other factors such as high mineral content and decaying organic matter (most common in cul-de-sac sites on municipal supplies and in tank water). Carbon filters will generally improve this condition but sometimes it may be necessary to install a reverse osmosis purifier and/or ultra violet sterilizer.
HEAVY METALS: There are many heavy metals that can be present in your water supply. Combinations of mercury, sulphates, nitrates, lime, aluminium, lead, arsenic, and other compounds can be present. All of these can be a threat to your health.
CHLORINE: Chlorine is added to water supplies to kill pathogens and bacteria. In some cases it is necessary to do so to make sure we are consuming disease free water. The problem is that it causes drinking water to have an unpleasant taste and smell, Chlorine has also been linked to heart disease and cancer. Carbon filters will reduce chlorine and its associated taste and odour as well as giving you good, fresh tasting water. Carbon filters will also enhance the flavor of food, tea, coffee and other beverages.
BACTERIA: Bacteria can be a problem especially in tank or creek water supplies. Clean, clear, good tasting water is not an indication of bacteria free water. An ultra violet filter, complete with sediment and chemical reduction filters will provide good quality drinking water from these sources.
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SEDIMENT: Sediment is usually only a problem in older areas where pipes are old or when there is tank systems or creek water supplies Generally a Pre-filtration purifier will normally take care of this problem. Sometimes a sediment reduction filter may be needed within the whole house.
CRYPTOSPORIDIUM AND GIARDIA: Cryptosporidium and Giardia may be present in any of our water supplies. Poisoning is not very nice and Symptoms of infection include stomach cramps, diarrhoea, nausea, vomiting and headaches. The effects can last up to two weeks. Cryptosporidium and Giardia can be removed from water by ultra-fine carbon filtration.
So you can see why you should always make sure that you filter your tap water.