Treating contaminants that present a health risk or other problems
There is no such thing as “pure” water. All water contains gases or minerals. Various techniques have been designed to remove unwanted substances from water, but the amount and type of substances removed depends on the treatment method.
Water is polluted by both nature and human activities. In most cases, the pollution is hardly severe and is not particularly detrimental to health. However, some substances that are health hazards do occur in water. Other substances are merely undesirable because they create bad tastes and odors, stain clothing and fixtures, or ultimately cost money. Still others have little or no effect in water used for most purposes.
Following is information that may be helpful as you are considering water treatment for your home.
Start by comparing your laboratory drinking water test to the treatment system specifications to see if the system is a good match. The company trying to sell you a system can help you with that. If you are still uncertain or want a second opinion, show your water test results and the treatment system specifications to your county health department, county extension office, or some other qualified person who can help you understand the proper treatment for your home.
- Do you want to treat all the water entering the house or just the water from certain taps? This could be a practical issue or it could relate directly to providing the protection you require.
- Will the treatment device produce a sufficient quantity of water to meet your household needs—including at times of peak water use?
Also, in addition to the purchase cost, ask on the front end what the system operation and maintenance costs are for the system you are considering.