This is a guest post from Jim Anderberg, an expert plumber with Beutler Air Conditioning and Plumbing in Sacramento, CA.
Water contaminants can be sneaky. They escape household water from dishwashers, toilets, and showers. Small amounts can end up in the air you breathe, on your skin, and in the water you drink. The US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) says the most common water contaminants include bacteria, chlorine, fluoride, lead, and sediment buildup. Here are some common myths about water filtration that can help ensure that you have the cleanest water in your home:
MYTH #1: If I always drink bottled water instead of tap water, I’ll avoid drinking water contaminants.
THE TRUTH: According to the EPA, a large percent of bottled water comes from the same source as tap water, and goes through the same reverse osmosis process to remove water contaminants. What’s more, when you drink out of a plastic bottle, you consume contaminants from the plastic, which are activated by heat. Save money and the environment by investing in water filters and using refillable bottles, such as a BPA-free metal bottles, instead of purchasing plastic water bottles.
MYTH #2: Shower water filters keep water contaminants off my skin and out of my breathing air.
THE TRUTH: To properly filter out water contaminants, the shower water being filtered has to reach extremely high, uncomfortable temperatures. Unless scorching hot showers are part of your daily routine, then a shower water filter isn’t going to help you. Until you can install the best shower filter for your home, limit the length of your showers. A 15-minute shower in chlorinated water is equivalent to drinking eight glasses of it, said Daivd Getoff, Board Certified Clinical Nutritionist.
MYTH #3: Chlorine kills all.
THE TRUTH: Chlorine kills germs and contaminants to a certain extent, but chlorine itself is a chemical with its own drawbacks. Chlorine can also give drinking water a bad taste or smell. When chlorine interacts with certain organic matter, it creates additional bad tastes and smells instead of killing bacteria like you had intended it to.
MYTH #4: I don’t want to filter my drinking water because it will remove “healthy” minerals that my body needs.
THE TRUTH: The reverse osmosis process used in water filters is meant to separate water molecules from non-water elements. While this process does remove some “healthy” minerals from drinking water, focus on getting these healthy minerals from food rather than water to avoid drinking water contaminants that your body doesn’t need.
A whole house water filtration system is the only way to ensure clean, filtered water from every water source in the house. A whole house water filtration system is not only affordable, but it requires very little maintenance. Choices range from single-stage water filtration systems (that enhance the way your water tastes and smells) to five-stage systems for maximum filtration (that can improve your water’s overall condition) without adding chemicals. A whole house water filtration system can range from $3,000 to $6,000, depending on the size of your home and type of system your home needs.