Clean, fresh drinking water is a basic fundamental need of daily life. How do you know if the water coming out of your faucet is as clean as it could be? The truth is, tap water often contains chemicals, contaminants and bacteria that you don’t want your family drinking. This is where a water treatment and purification system comes in.
What’s in Your Tap Water?
We’ll test your water to determine what kinds of contaminants and chemicals are specifically coming into your home. In general though, tap water can often contain treatment chemicals like chlorine, also lead, iron, nitrates, phosphates, arsenic, radon, excess salt, hydrogen sulfide and bacterial pathogens such as E. coli. Yuck! However, we test to find out exactly what is in your water so we know what kind of treatment options or combination of options would be best for your home. You might also have hard water, acidic water and smelly water issues as well. We review everything going on with your tap water before we make our recommendations.
Water Treatment Options
There are two types of water treatment or purification systems. One that is installed under the sink (also called POU or point-of-use system) for a single faucet or a whole house treatment system that treats all of the water coming into your home (also called a POE or point-of-entry system). Which type you choose can depend on your budget and the standard quality of your municipal water. If the water coming from your tap isn’t high in contaminants and doesn’t include toxins, hard minerals or pathogens, a POU system in your kitchen could be exactly what you need. If you have hard or acidic water or infectious pathogens, it might be best to consider whether a whole-home system is right for you.
There are several water treatment options, depending on the quality of your tap water to begin with and the problems you are dealing with. In many cases, several options or technologies are combined to address all of your needs. Here are some of the most common water treatment and purification options:
pH balancing (for acidic water)
Ultrafiltration water treatment