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You’ve just got home from a long, eventful day and you’re exhausted. Taking out your pyjamas and slippers, towel in hand, you head to the bathroom for a nice hot shower. Once that’s done, you pour yourself a tall glass of cold water. Finally, you head off to bed, only to be awoken during the night by your thirst, taking three big gulps of the water, you fall back into a deep slumber.   The next morning as you get up for work, you discover that you’re ill, but you’re unsure of what could have caused it.

When it comes to water, it’s a crucial part of life, we use it in many ways, from food preparation and washing clothes to drinking and bathing.

The average human uses 20- 50 litres of water per day; this is why we have to ensure that its contamination free. By consuming unsafe water, you’re increasing the chance of bacteria and diseases.

Stop spending money on bottled water and save in the long run but installing a water filtration system. This handy technology will ensure you’re kept fit as a fiddle.

Now you might be asking, what is a water filtration system?

A water filter removes impurities by reducing contamination of water using a thin physical barrier, a chemical process, or a biological process.

The most common way to filter water is through the process of Reverse Osmosis.

How does Reverse Osmosis work?

The process works by using a high-pressure pump to increase the pressure on the salt side of the Reverse Osmosis (RO). This forces the water across the semi-permeable RO membrane leaving almost all dissolved salt behind in the reject stream.

There are two types of water filtration systems, one of which is an under the sink water filter and the other a whole house system.

They may serve the same purpose, but they are, however, different.

What is an under the sink water filtration system?

Also referred to as point-of-use, this system is known as a drinking water system. It refers to any under sink filtration system installed at the top level or a different water access point.

Better Tasting Water

This system works wonders, removing any bad taste from your glass of H20. It removes anything ranging from strange colours and odours to other water solubles which may not be life-threatening. However, it’ll certainly improve the quality of water consumed, making it more palatable.

Safer Water

It’s not a quality product for no reason. The system reduces any health contaminants such as lead and organic chemicals that could cause harm to the human body.

What is a whole house filtration system?

Commonly known as Point-Of-Entry, a whole house filtration system refers to the system installed at the end point of water lines of the house. It connects to the main water line, which then enters your home so that all water dispensing items such as faucets, toilets, showers and baths have treated water.

Removes Contamination

The filter works in such a way that it removes all chemicals from the water. Chemicals such as heavy metal, chlorine and chloramines will be a thing of the past.

Healthier Bathroom Time

Due to the removal of chlorine and chloramines, one will feel better health wise, as these contaminants can cause headaches, dizziness and red eyes.

Softens Water

Clothes will stay soft and colourful with this filtration product. Hair and skin will look and feel healthier and better. How is this possible you may ask? Well by removing contaminants, you’re not just investing in a water filtration system, but also a cleaner Laundromat and natural beauty product.

Maintains Water Using Appliances

Better quality filtered water free of contaminants and chemicals used by certain household appliances will leave your pocket feeling fuller, as you will not need to replace these or maintain them as often.

If you’re looking for safer drinking water to consume, then the under the sink water filtration system is the best option for you, however, if you’re looking for better quality water in all aspects of your home, then the whole house water filtration system will be your best choice.

Remember, despite having pure water; we should use it sparingly and consciously, to both save money and our natural resources, as most of South Africa is either in a water crisis or will be in one in the future.

Water saving tips

  • Instead of draining bath water and dirty dishwater, use the grey water for watering plants or flushing toilets.
  • Install a cistern displacement device inside your toilet to reduce the amount of water used in each flush.
  • Install a water meter. The meter will monitor water usage and the amount you spend while helping you save this precious resource too.
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