What about whole house water filtration systems?

Whole house filtration systems allow for a single point of filtration in your house, taking the tap water and filtering it for all of the taps in the house. So, why wouldn’t you install one of these systems? It seems that it provides the ultimate in convenience along with a minimum amount of maintenance.

Well, there are a few caveats that need to be mentioned here. For one thing, not many people have this kind of money to throw around. You are talking about a minimum of $1,000 and possibly more, depending on the sophistication of the system.

Also, if ever you do have to do some maintenance on the system, it could be costly. You could be talking several hundred dollars worth of repairs. Lastly, we should mention that you still need to replace filters with a whole house system. The filters do not have an infinite lifetime, after all.

What would my decision be? If you ask me, I would save money and use it on something else. If you have a shower water filter and you are using a pitcher filter for your drinking water, you are covering all of your bases. If you wanted to invest in something serious, go with a reverse osmosis system, which is cheaper than a whole house system, and it does a better job overall.

Removing Chlorine from your Shower Water

Ever notice that you smell like a swimming pool when you get out of the shower? That’s because you are bathing in chlorine. Chlorine is used a disinfectant for almost all municipal tap water supplies, and it is not unusual to taste it in your drinking water and to smell it after taking a shower.

Chlorine may be necessary to disinfect the water, but it is not necessary for you to consume or to come in contact with. In fact, it may do more harm than good in these aspects. This is why it’s important to filter not just your drinking water, but also your showering water.

You may not know this is possible, but you can actually filter out chlorine from your showering water using a filter on the shower itself. Have a look at the following video:

As you can see, this is not a particularly elaborate advice, but it is effective. The other alternative would be to install a whole house filter, which would systematically remove the chlorine from all of your tap water. This way, you don’t have to worry about consuming or coming in contact with chlorine from any of your taps in the house. It should be said, however, that this method is considerably more expensive, so keep that in mind if you are thinking about installing one.

Great resources on water purification

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If you conduct a random google search for information on water purification and filtration, you will find a heap of websites that are mostly commercial in nature. These websites want to refer you to water filters and purification products, so that they can make a profit. If that’s the case, how do you define what is legitimate content and what is mere fluff?

In this post, we will share some quality resources for water purification information.

  • Waterpurificationhq.com – This site has been around for a number of years, and it continues to deliver solid content. While they do make product recommendations, they also offer practical advice and general knowledge on filtering and purifying your tap water. It’s a good starting point, because it explains a number of concepts in easy to understand terms. For example, they recently posted an article on figuring out whether your water is hard or soft. Articles like that provide information that is illuminating in a clear and concise manner.
  • USGS – the U.S. Geological Survey has a lot of great information on water purity throughout America. If you are trying to find information on fertilizer run-off or contamination from mining sites, for instance, this is your go-to site. As it’s a government-run site, you can count on the information being accurate and up-to-date.
  • NSF – as far as consumer websites go, the NSF consistently ranks near the top. Their unbiased analysis of various products has been instrumental to our understanding of which products work and which do not. When it comes to water filtration, the NSF has analyzed pitcher filters, faucet filters and even reverse osmosis systems in order to determine what actually works.
  • EPA – another government website that provides accurate and up-to-date information is the EPA site. The EPA is constantly analyzing tap water supplies throughout the country. They can provide information on a variety of contaminants, such as heavy metals (for example, arsenic and lead), microorganisms and in some cases traces of things like pharmaceuticals (admittedly, they are a bit weak in this area). You can also use the EPA website to find out about any alerts going on in your area. For example, when the toxic algal blooms struck Toledo, the EPA was updating their site regularly with the most recent information.

These sites should get you started. Keep in mind that some of these websites are updated infrequently. However, sites like waterpurificationhq.com have a wide variety of static content that remains true regardless of the year that it was initially posted.

It’s also worth noting that none of these sites on water purification will charge for their content. Everything is accessible freely with an interface that makes for easy surfing. While we hope to one day be a valuable resource on purifying your tap water, we haven’t been around that long. This is why it’s always nice to shine a little light on those who are doing good work.

Everything you need to know about water distillation

Distilling your water is a good way to remove impurities. In this post, we will explain how the process works, and what you need to know if you want to try this at home (yes, it is possible).

The process of distillation is relatively simple. There are two parts, more or less.

  • Step one – boil the water
  • Step two – condense the water vapor so that it becomes a liquid once more.

Between steps one and two, you are effectively removing a number of impurities. That’s because when the water evaporates, dissolved solids don’t go with it. What evaporates is pure h2o. Now, if this is a surefire way to remove impurities, why don’t most people use it instead of buying expensive filters?

Well, there are a few reasons for this. For one thing, distillation is not a quick or convenient process. If you are going to seriously invest in equipment, you might as well buy a reverse osmosis system. However, if you are trying to do a DIY version of distillation (as in the video below), you will be spending a lot of time setting it up.

There is yet another reason why distillation might not be the best option. Water often contains minerals that are valuable to our health. These would include calcium and magnesium, for example. When you use a process of distillation, you are effectively removing these minerals from the water.

My personal recommendation would be to try out a DIY system and see how you like it. You can sample distilled water at your local supermarket. It’s usually sold in gallon jugs. Perhaps you should buy a gallon of that first, and then if you like the taste, go ahead and create your own system in your house. The video above offers a few clues on that.

At the end of the day, I decided to go with a reverse osmosis system that returns the minerals to the water supply. Not all RO systems will do this, but some, like the HomeMaster, are capable of remineralizing the water. This is important if you want to count on an adequate intake of calcium, magnesium and others.

Now, if you are living in a rural area and you don’t have access to a more elaborate system, distillation may very well be your best option. You can improvise a solution if all you need to do is distill the water. If you do not have to worry about remineralizing it, it’s fairly straightforward, you just need the proper receptacles to carry it out.

If you have any experience with distillation in the home, please write about it in the comments below. We would appreciate any and all feedback on this issue.

Welcome to the Blog

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If you were wondering where you could go to find information on clean and pure drinking water, you have come to the right place. If you live in the Western World, you may think that you have pure water coming right out of your tap. This would be a huge mistake. While the water you drink may be free of harmful organic matter (actually, sometimes that is not even the case), there are plenty of other dissolved substances that can cause you harm.

Let’s be clear about something: the environmental standards put forth by local governments are simply not strong enough. Industry gets away with murder when it comes to dumping things in our water. We have fertilizer run-off, traces of pharmaceuticals, MTBE, heavy metals and other dissolved solids that may be harmful to your health.

If you are drinking municipal water without filtering it first, you are doing your health a disservice. In fact, there could be serious health consequences over the long-term for you. What’s more, you may not even have an idea what the threat is to your health. Some governments are more proactive than others when it comes to treatment and the removal of harmful particulate matter.

You can start by doing research with the EPA and NSF for determining what your particular threat level is and what you can do about it. On this site, I will be going over filter products that you can purchase relatively inexpensively in order to remove these harmful substances from your tap water supply. That’s the good news, there really is a way to overcome this problem of water purity. There are plenty of effective products on the market.

If you haven’t acted before, now is the time to do so. Take advantage of the resources that will be provided here in order to get what you need to have pure water.