Are you concerned about the water quality in your home, or do you yearn for better tasting water from your kitchen faucet?
First, consider whether you really need a water purification system in your home. More than 90 percent of the water supply in the United States is safe to drink from the tap, according to the Environment Protection Agency (EPA).
However, some people may need to consider a water purification system to improve water quality in their homes for health safety reasons, including those who have:
- A high level of lead in their water, as shown by water testing
- A high level of a contaminant in their water, such as radon in water from a well
- An extremely compromised immune system, such as those with HIV or who are on chemotherapy
What a Water Filtration System Will Do
Water purification systems can help to eliminate contaminants that can make you sick or affect the taste or feel of your water supply. Water filter systems may be able to remove:
- Microbes, including viruses, bacteria, and parasites, such as cryptosporidium and giardia
- Byproducts of the disinfection process
Water Filter Options
There are a number of factors to consider when deciding on a water filter system. Look for a water purification or filter system that has been certified to meet standards of water quality set by the EPA, as well as one that meets your specific needs. Not every system can remove every contaminant. If you’re concerned about a particular contaminant, like bacteria or radon, find the water filter system that works best at removing that particular contaminant from your water supply.
A water purification system can be either point of use (POU), meaning it filters the water at the particular faucet it is attached to, or point of entry (POE), in which the water supply is filtered as it comes into your home so that you have purified water at every faucet. The system might include a filter, a piece of material that “catches” contaminants like microbes and chemicals in the water, or it might remove or destroy contaminants in another manner.
Read more about water filtration systems at everydayhealth.com