Water Purification Systems

Tips for Choosing the Right Water Purification System for Home or Office

1. Test Your Water Source Before Purchasing a Water Purification System.

It is important to have a complete understanding of the water quality issues at home or work at the point of installation for any water purification system.  Cities provide a report of the contaminants they are required to test for meeting EPA regulations, but this can be an incomplete list of what might be in the your water. There are a few easy to use testing kits that can help pin point what types of contaminants maybe present in your drinking water. From bacteria, to chemicals or lead, there are specific systems that work to treat these different water concerns.  Understanding your water problems before choosing a system is essential to choosing the right water filtering systems for remove any high concentration levels or trace amounts of contaminants.

2. Choose a Water Purification System that Treats for Your Specific Water Contaminants.

There are different types of filters and purification systems that are more effective at filtering certain types of contaminants. Heavy metals need to be removed by cation resins.  Organic material or bacteria will need to be removed by less than 1 micron absolute filters.  And Volatile Organic Compounds like Atrazine, Cyanazine, and many pharmaceuticals will require Activated Carbon for removal. Hard-water treatment systems vary in methods and each have strengths and trade-offs. Understanding the water quality issues will allow you to install a system that effectively deals with these specific concerns.

3. Whole House Water "Purification Systems" Reduce Total Dissolved Solids in the Water for Every Water Fixture in the House.

Whole house systems help provide additional peace of mind that all the water entering a home has been initially treated and filtered. These systems effectively treat many water issues at the point-of-entry into a home and ensure that the water going to the rest of the home's appliances, sinks and fixtures begins the movement through the pipes as a higher water quality.   Water treatment professional rarely refer to water as pure or purified because the nature of water will always retain non-water molecules.  Therefore the business of delivering purified water in actuality is a process of reducing the concentration of unwanted impurities to a non-harmful level or a non-detectable amount.  

 

Also understand that when adding water treatment systems the flow of the water will be affected by a treatment or filtering systems.  In order for a system to remove impurities the contaminated water may need to be in contact with the filter media for a certain amount of time.   The additional friction of water moving through a filter system can slow down the flow of water to the fixtures.   A treatment professional can size equipment to maximize water treatment and water flow to suit the desired outcome.  Sometimes a lower flow rate can be the trade off for a lower cost of the system.

4. Be Educated About Proper Maintenance of Water Purification Systems.

For your water purification system to work most effectively while maintaining the longest system life, it is important to learn the proper maintenance of the system’s equipment and filters. When your filtration system is installed take time to learn the ins and outs of the system and when to regularly change filters or ask your installer to put you on an automatic service agreement so you can have peace of mind that your system will be maintained to perform in optimum performance.

5. Test Water Quality Regularly Until All Water Quality Problems Are Resolved

Once a water purification system is installed it is important to periodically test the quality of the water being delivered. This way you can see monitor the effectiveness of the water treatment system. Water quality issues are known to change and equipment does fail.  In order to keep the quality of water you desire in your home consistant, a water analysis is recommended once a year of the raw water and of the treated water.   In the event the quality of water is not meeting the desired quality you may choose to upgrade your system or change the types of filters used to better meet the water quality issues.   Treating and Filtering water is much an art as it is a sciences, but much of what we don't want in our water is invisible, tasteless and orderless so monitoring and adjusting may be part of the treatment maintenance.

 

Note:

By Purification system we mean water treatment or filter system.   Since many non-certified systems are sold as water purification systems, we feel it is important for you the consumer to be aware that the words purify or purification can be misleading.   When you see the words purification, pure or purify, understand these words are used more in the marketing aspects and not in a scientific interpretation of the words to be only H2O molecules.  It is highly impossible to find Pure H2O in nature.