Improving Tap Water

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Improving Tap Water

Tap water can be improved in several ways.

Heating tap water to a rolling boil and keeping it there for 3-5 minutes will kill bacteria and parasites.

But, most people find boiling their drinking water too impractical and time-consuming.

In addition, this has the effect of concentrating whatever lead is present in the water, and the water then has to be refrigerated if you’re going to use it for drinking.

The taste of chlorinated tap water can be improved by keeping the water in an uncovered pitcher for several hours to allow the chlorine taste and odor to dissipate.

Water can also be aerated in a blender to remove chlorine and other chemicals.

Nevertheless, neither of these last 2 methods will improve the quality of the water – only the taste.

Filtration removes the contaminants in the water, which makes the water cleaner and better tasting.

There are many different ways to filter water.

Nature filters water as it runs through streams and as it seeps down through the soil and rocks to the water table.

As water passes through the earth or over the rocks in a stream, the bacteria in the water leach into the rocks and are replaced with minerals like calcium and magnesium.

There are also manmade ways of filtering water.

There are 3 basic types of filters available.

1.  Absorbent types, which use materials like carbon to pick up impurities.

2.  Microfiltration systems, which run water through filters with tiny pores to catch and eliminate contaminant.

3.  Special media like ion-exchange resins designed to remove heavy metals.

Filters are often arranged in series, so the filtering media most effective for specific types of contaminants can be used.

The primary advantages of filters are their relatively low cost and ease of use.

Water filtration systems vary in effectiveness.

Two types considered good are reverse osmosis and ceramic filtration systems.

In reverse osmosis filtering, the water is forced through a semipermeable membrane where charged particles and larger molecules are repelled.

It’s the best system for treating brackish (high in salt) water and water high in nitrates and heavy metals like iron and lead.

However, no filter can remove absolutely all contaminants.

Each pore of even the finest filter is large enough for some viruses to get through.

To remove parasites like cryptosporidia, the EPA and CDC recommend purchasing a filter that has an NSF rating for parasite reduction and that has an absolute pore size of 1 micron or smaller.

Other water treatment systems that remove contaminants include distillers and ultraviolet treatment units.

Each treatment method has its advantages and disadvantages.

Costs can vary from under $50 for faucet-mounted units to many thousands of dollars for whole-house reverse osmosis systems.

Using a combination of methods can result in the best overall quality drinking water.

Even the quality and taste of distilled water can be improved by passing the water through a charcoal/carbon filter as a final step.

Before you purchase a water treatment unit, contact NSF International or the Water Quality Association.

These nonprofit testing and certification organizations verify manufacturers’ claims and certify the materials used are nontoxic and structurally sound.

They conduct periodic unannounced audits of the products they certify to ensure the products still comply with standards.

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