According to the NSF, the Public Health and Safety Organisation, there are a number of steps to follow in order to determine the best water filtration system for your home.
- They suggest firstly – determine what exactly is in your water.
- Then you decide what contaminants you want to eliminate before you choose your preferred water treatments.
A comprehensive water analysis or water testing is the only way to determine what exactly is in water. The municipal water supply is regulated to ensure a reasonable quality of water. However, some areas may have different water qualities due to a number of contributing factors, which can damage appliances, pipes and cause health issues for the people that drink it.
The kinds of contaminates to consider eliminating are chlorine, bacteria, lime scale, sediment, salt, iron and metals. Chlorine is usually used to sterilise municipal drinking water, which kills most harmful germs but it is harmful to your health if consumed for a long period of time. Bacteria in water could cause illness if consumed at all. The presence of lime scale will not harm consumers but it does cause damage to household appliances and reduces the flow through pipes and can even cause blockages. Sediment is all sand, organic material or small particles suspended in the water, which usually travels with dissolved components that are harmful to your health. Sediment is also very harmful to appliances. Salt needs to be removed to make water drinkable and iron needs to be removed to ensure good health over prolonged periods of consumption.
Once you have seen which contaminates your water contains and have decided which ones you want to remove, then you need to select the most effective way to remove it. There are several options to choose from, which range from whole-house systems to point-of-use systems. Whole-house systems treat the water as it enters a home, while the point of use systems treat the water at the point of use in the home.
So, for instance, if you get the results of your water analysis back and it indicates that you had salt in your water, you will need a filtration system with the process of reverse osmosis because this is the only way to remove salt from water to make it drinkable. This point-of-use system would be the best filtration system for your home.
Our health is extremely important and a home is a big investment worth looking after. Choosing the best filtration system for your home and family could be tricky. Consult a professional to give you the best advice, as it is a long term investment.