Water is part of everyday life; it is essential to everyone’s health. Unfortunately, not all water is of good quality. South Florida receives about 60 inches of rainfall a year, and groundwater is plentiful. However, rising sea levels threaten to turn drinking water salty, in some places the ocean has already made good on that threat. Salt is not the only threat to our drinking water.
Unfiltered water contains chlorine, fluoride, dioxins, and parasites that could be hazardous to your health. Some of these chemical and biological substances can cause you to become sick, and others can just make your water taste or smell unpleasant. Many people say “I have been drinking unfiltered water for years,” while that may be true some diseases take time to present visible signs, but it doesn’t mean they are inactive in your body.
Unless you plan on boiling the water you drink and use for cooking, you may not fully get rid of harmful chemicals and toxins that could be in your water. While the government does regulate that water filtration is in use for tap water, the facts are that there may still be problems with the miles of pipes that the water must pass through after leaving the water treatment plants to reach your home. The pipelines are where the water quality can greatly decrease.
Water filtration removes impurities from water by means of a physical barrier, a chemical process, or a biological process. After filtration water will taste better, smell better, and chlorine and bacterial contaminants will be reduced.
All of those benefits cost only a few cents a gallon. Not only will you stop wasting money on bottled water but you will also be helping the environment. Producing bottled water uses 17 million barrels of oil a year. Even if you recycle the plastic bottles, 90% of the environmental impact has already occurred during the transportation and manufacturing process. Most often there are more contaminants in your bottled water than in your tap water due to the vast quantities of bottled water being produced and shipped from all around the world. It’s virtually impossible to monitor the quality of every bottle of water.
Filtration can come in the form of an individual point of use size that attaches directly to your faucet, or all the way up to a whole home system, which is the recommended size for most homes so that every drop of water that enters is clean before it’s used.
Every city on the United States has a variety of water contaminants that can be found in tap water or in local bottled water. Start drinking clean, safe water that is essential for your health.