Pure Water: Better-Tasting Water Leads to a Healthier You!
Water—it regulates our body temperature, helps us lose weight and keeps our skin looking young. And yet, only 34 percent of Americans drink the recommended daily amount of water.
Why don’t two-thirds of Americans consume the recommended daily water intake? Perhaps it’s the unpleasant water taste and odor of municipally treated water. An AWWA Research Foundation study found that when Americans were surveyed on their perceptions of municipally-treated water, the most common complaints they had were the strange tastes and odors in their drinking water.
If you’re one of the many Americans experiencing tap water hardness, staining, bad tastes or other quality problems, a water purification system can provide you with the clean, great-tasting water you deserve. There are a variety of water treatment options available to improve the quality of your water.
What is Water Purification?
Water purification is a process in which impurities are removed from water. Water is typically purified for two reasons: 1) the presence of waterborne bacteria, viruses, and pathogens that can pose a health hazard and 2) poor aesthetic quality of water (taste, odor, color). Point-of-use systems are popular for optimal water freshness, taste and clarity.
A point-of-use (POU) water purification system treats small batches of water for use in the home. POU systems may be attached to a faucet, installed under a sink or placed on a counter.
POU water purification systems include:
- R.O. Systems (Reverse Osmosis)
R.O. systems are the most advanced method of water purification. These are installed under the sink with a separate drinking water faucet. Many bottled waters are tap water treated with an R.O. system. For a fraction of the cost, you can conveniently enjoy the benefits of bottled pure water right at your kitchen sink.
- Under Sink Filters and Water Dispenser
These long-lasting systems are installed under the sink. It is recommended that a professional install under sink filters and water dispensers.
- Shower Filters
These filters remove chlorine and other water contaminants, resulting in softer hair and skin. Shower filters install easily over your showerhead, or they can replace your showerhead.
- Filter Pitchers
Filter pitchers are pitchers with purifying filters attached. For small amounts of drinking water, a filter pitcher may be sufficient.
- Faucet Mount Filters
Faucet mount filters are easy-to-install water systems that are connected to the faucet with a hose. These types of filters are ideal for those who desire water purification for cooking, cleaning, bathing, and showering in addition to drinking.
Benefits of Water Purification
- Better-tasting water
The better your water tastes, the easier it is for you to drink your daily recommended intake.
- Saves money on bottled water
The EPA reports that drinking 8 glasses of water per day from the tap costs about 50 cents per year, whereas drinking the same amount from water bottles can cost $1,400 a year.
- Removes contaminants
Water purification systems remove chlorine, bacteria and dangerous contaminants from tap water.
Avoid the hassle of lugging water home from the store and disposing of empty bottles.
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