While public water treatment facilities remove major contaminants, they may not necessarily remove impurities that make your water smell and taste as fresh water should, and they may not supplying you with water that is optimal for your health. Water filters provide an extra line of defense against microorganisms that may make you sick or dry out your hair and skin.
What Quality Water Does for You
Why do you need quality water? Find out the top reasons with our list below:
Leads to Better Health
Quality water helps prevent waterborne illness. A 2009 University of California, Berkeley study found that participants who used a reverse osmosis/UV filter suffered about 12% fewer gastrointestinal illnesses that participants who drank unfiltered water. Although the Environmental Protection Agency regulates water treatment facilities for chemicals, microorganisms, and other contaminants, it doesn’t test for a variety of contaminants. Many public water supply companies don’t test for the following:
- Synthetic Hormones: birth control pills, hormone therapy treatments
- Pharmaceuticals: antibiotics, aspirin, cancer drugs, antidepressants
- Agricultural Chemicals: weed killers, pesticides
- Household Chemicals: cleaners, deodorants, shampoos
Saves Money on Plumbing Fixtures and Appliances
Good water quality leads to a longer life for your appliances and fixtures, sparing you the cost of constant replacement. In a study commissioned by the Water Quality Research Foundation (WQRF) in 2009 and conducted by the Battelle Memorial Institute, water softeners were found to preserve the efficiency of water heaters and major appliances.
Throughout the study, dishwashers and clothes washers were operated for 30 days and 240 full wash cycles on soft and hard water sources. The washers using softened water were virtually free of any scale build up. The washers using hard water, however, required removal of scale and deposit build up. Additionally, less detergent was required for the clothes washed with softened water.
The same study found that hard water led to as much as a 48% efficiency loss in water heaters over a 15-year lifetime. Meanwhile, water heaters operated on softened water maintained the original factory efficiency rating over the same period of time.
Fresher Taste and Odor
Ever wonder why water from the tap sometimes smells like rotten eggs or tastes metallic? Hydrogen sulfide gas can cause water to give off an unpleasant odor (and damages plumbing). The presence of iron or manganese in water could lead to a metallic taste. Water filters remove impurities that cause foul-tasting and –smelling water by trapping microorganisms through an intake hose. This leads to fresh, pure-tasting and –smelling water.
Water impurities may lead to an abundance of mineral deposits that are typically found in hard water (for example, lime). This hard-to-remove build up can be frustrating to clean. Harsh scrubbing can wear away porcelain enamel if your bathtub or sink are made of porcelain. Using a water softener to purify the water means you can clean your plumbing fixtures and appliances less often while simultaneously increasing their lifespan.
You’ve learned how good water quality is beneficial to your health and maintaining your appliances and plumbing fixtures; now it’s time to achieve these goals through taking action. The following are tips on maintaining good water quality:
Maintain Your Water Softener
If you have a water softener, make sure to regularly check on its salt levels. Lift up the softener tank lid—if the lid is less than half full, it needs salt. Pour some salt into it to replenish the salt levels to maximum functionality.
Keep Your Water Filters Clean
If you have a water filter, follow the filter manufacturer’s instructions on how often to replace and/or clean the filter. If not regularly maintained, your filter may not be as effective at trapping water contaminants.
Wash Your Water Containers
Even the cleanest tap water can be contaminated if its storage container is dirty. Make sure to regularly wash your household pitchers, water bottles, and other containers with dish detergent. If the container is especially dirty, you can use unscented bleach and water to wash out the container.