As a responsible homeowner, you cannot afford to gamble with the health and well being of your family. Part of this includes ensuring that the water they consume is free from contaminants and microbes. An efficient water filter will see to this.
Here are the 3 health benefits of adding a water filter to your tap.
1. A functional water filter is essential for the health of your family
Your water filter is likely to be the most functional implement for the health of your family. Many people consider water filtering as an essential measure to ensuring safety in the water they drink. However, water filtration systems are designed to take out harmful substances that would otherwise cause additional problems.
Some of the unwholesome contaminants in domestic water are added deliberately, ostensibly to make the water safe. For instance, almost all municipal water suppliers use various forms of elemental or ionic chlorine to disinfect domestic water supplies.
These forms of chlorine include:
- The elemental chlorine gas, compressed and dissolved in water.
- Sodium hypochlorite (NaOCl) solution
- Solid calcium hypochlorite (Ca(OCl)2)
It is known that in high concentrations, all the forms of chlorine enumerated above can be lethal to humans. However, regulators hold it that in the low concentrations used in domestic water supply, such chlorine is only lethal to germs but holds no risk for humans. Recent research has, however, shown that even benign levels of chlorine can cause serious health problems. This usually happens when ionic chlorine reacts with organic compounds found in water to form what is known as chlorination disinfection byproducts (DBPs).
Some chlorination DBPs are hundreds of times more lethal than chlorine. They are known to cause cancer, skin conditions, liver and kidney problems, low sperm count in men, weakened immune systems, and even miscarriages in pregnant women. Increased cases of asthma in some elite swimmers can be directly attributed to some chlorination DBPs found in swimming pool water.
To filter out chlorine and other contaminants in your domestic water, you need to ensure that your water filter is well maintained. You may also have to replace the filter cartridge system to ensure it performs optimally. This tutorial covers everything you need to know, when, and how to replace your domestic water filter.
Besides chlorine and its compounds, other common contaminants in domestic water include some heavy metals such as lead. It is known to be a very potent carcinogen (cancer-causing agent) and it also leads to cognitive development problems in kids. Other contaminants found in domestic water are microbial organisms. These can cause acute gastrointestinal problems such as diarrhea.
2. Filtered water is good for the environment
Water filtered by an efficient water filter is safer to drink than bottled mineral water. Companies selling bottled mineral water use the same type of filtration systems like the ones used for domestic supply. But the use of plastic bottles has a huge impact on the environment.
Studies have shown that bottled water, while it has very little difference with tap water from the municipal suppliers, can cost close to 2000 times as much. Much of this goes to the bottling and distribution costs. This clearly demonstrates how the bottled water industry affects the environment.
Recent research has revealed that the average American spends $100 on bottled water every year. No one has computed the effects the manufacture of plastic bottles brings to our environment. It is known that only a small fraction of these bottles end up being recycled. The rest will end up in the rivers, lakes, and ocean, choking marine life.
3. Avoid costly repairs and replacement of appliances
Some of the compounds and elements found in tap water are corrosive. Others build up to form crust build up in pipes, household appliances, and equipment. These contaminants shorten the functional lifespan of your equipment and home appliances such as the water heaters, dishwashers, and washing machines.
A water filter cartridge should be replaced about once every year. The cost of a replacement is considerably lower than that of repairing the expensive appliances. In the worst-case scenario, some contaminants may destroy such equipment to an extent that they are no longer repairable. This means that you have to dig deeper into your wallet to replace the appliances.
Many families seem to do just fine without a water filtration system. This may be attributed to the fact that most effects of unfiltered water take time to manifest. Admittedly, it will take several years before you see a return on investment from your domestic water filtration system. But most of the benefits that you get from using filtered water cannot be quantified in terms of cash. Begin enjoying them today by installing or repairing your water filter.