Everything You Need To Know About The Tap Water Filtration

Everything You Need To Know About The Tap Water Filtration 

Do you ever think that the water quality is insufficient and that it is necessary to filter it? 

Here are the top 6 tap water filtration solutions.

Let’s go back to the basics:

Why drink pure water?

Indispensable to life, water represents 65% of the total volume of the average body. It is estimated that a healthy person should consume about 1.5L of water per day.

The needs vary from individual to individual, the level of physical activity as well as the diet. However, with the constant increase in pollution levels, pesticides, heavy metals, drug residues, and the use of petrochemical materials, it is estimated that great quality contaminants are added to the water.

The dangers of tap water

Tap water contains many toxic elements for your health, as demonstrated by numerous studies carried out from time to time:

  • Pesticide contamination
  • Drug residues 

The list is long. Ingested on a daily basis, these elements infiltrate your body, with still unknown consequences on their long-term effects. So, to preserve their health, many people are turning to plastic mineral water bottles. 

Plastic bottles

The traditional alternative to tap water, the consumption of bottles of mineral water or spring water is not always a good solution either to have pure water.

Indeed, the packaging of plastic bottles poses a problem. That is, more than 5 out of 10 plastic water bottles end up in landfills, or in nature.

Some Effective Techniques

Faced with these edifying findings, many effective filtration techniques have emerged in recent years. Here the techniques are classified for you, according to their advantages and disadvantages.

  1. Water softeners

From state to state and city to city, the hardness level of water may vary according to the presence of limestone in it. If your water is too hard or too calcareous, the softener can be the first solution to protect your pipes. The hardness of water can be calculated in hydrometric titled degrees, abbreviated as TH.

• The water is hard above 25°.

• The water is calcareous if it is between 15° and 25°.

Its advantages: the softener reduces the level of limestone (with harmful effects on pipes and household appliances) in order to produce softened water.

But be careful, do not drink softened water. Many softeners work with salt, and you risk a salty taste in your water if you drink softened water. Though this solution is suggested at the top, prefer it to be done at the last, when other ro filter solutions won’t work. It helps a lot in the protection of your pipes and household appliances.

2) Filter jugs

The Filter jugs allow heavy metals to absorb directly in the water, with the help of a filter present in the jugs. It may seem easy and convenient in the first place but believe it or not, the usage of these jugs can even cause risk sometimes.

Since the chlorine that is supposed to prevent bacterial growth is removed, bacteria can quickly grow in the stagnant water. This is why the water must imperatively be kept in the refrigerator, and changed every 24 hours. From an ecological point of view, the filters are coated in plastic and must be changed every 4 weeks.

3) Binchotan and takesumi activated carbon

Another relatively recent but growing solution is natural water purification techniques, such as activated carbon.

Originally from Japan, the activated carbon stick improves the taste of water and reduces bad smells. Prefer it from oak (binchotan) or bamboo (takesumi). Both are the result of ancestral Japanese know-how and are still made by hand, the wood is cooked in an earthen oven for several days until it becomes charcoal, then during the activation phase, its pores loaded with tar are released to make its adsorbent.

Its advantages: immersed in water, this porous solid retains molecules in suspension on its surface. Thanks to its porosity, it balances the pH of the water, and reduces chlorine and certain organic micropollutants, but has no effect on limestone.

Some drinking water treatment plants use it in particular to eliminate pesticides.

4) Ceramic beads

Also invented in Japan in the 1980s by Japanese doctor Teruo Higa, ceramic beads are made of clay and fired at high temperatures. These pearls would revitalize the water, but few studies have been done on this subject, and this claim has not been clearly proven for this mode of filtration.

Their advantages: they improve the taste of the water, reduce (without completely eliminating them) lime deposits, and reduce the presence of chlorine, ammonium, and nitrates. They would not be very effective in removing the taste of chlorine in certain waters. Ecological and economical, they generate no waste and can be reused, without any particular maintenance. 

5) On-tap filters

To drink pure water, the use of water filters composed of an activated carbon-based cartridge consists of placing the filter directly on the tap to eliminate unwanted substances directly at the source, without modification of plumbing or fittings. 

The capacity of these filters is 1500 liters, which means the filter should be changed regularly. Water filtration is also slower, with a flow rate of around one liter of water per minute. Moreover, as its name suggests, this device filters but does not purify. Pollutants such as lead, nitrates, chemicals, etc. are always present.

6) Osmosis, the most effective water purification technique

This is a natural process, which eliminates all the impurities present in the water due to an extremely fine filtering system. Reverse osmosis is carried out with a purifier that contains a membrane that only allows water molecules (and gas molecules) through, thus retaining absolutely all undesirable and toxic substances.

Distillation is based on the principle of water condensation. Unlike osmosis, it works with electricity (so it consumes energy) and purifies water more slowly.

Although more expensive to purchase, the osmosis water purification technique is the most effective and the most economical in the long term, since it does not require any connection or special plumbing installation. It is currently the most recommended solution for the daily purification of water.

Author Bio

Sunil Trivedi is the Managing Director of Aqua Drink. With 15 years of experience in the water purification industry, Sunil and his team have been ensuring that his clients consume 100% potable water to lead a healthy life and keep water-borne diseases miles away.

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