If your household water supply meets local quality standards but not yours, a water filtration system may be the best way to close that gap. In general, water supplied by municipalities in the United States complies with accepted health standards and other requirements. However, in many cases those measures of water quality are based on minimum criteria, not optimum goals. To take water quality to a higher level, you need enhanced filtration above and beyond the status quo provided by your municipal water supplier.
Consult a qualified plumber to find out exactly what’s in your local water and for potential options to enhance quality. Two broad categories are available to the homeowner thinking about a water filtration system:
- Point of use (POU) systems typically install under a sink and purify water supplied to that single fixture. They may serve an existing faucet, or a dedicated faucet may be added to the sink for higher quality water while the existing faucet is used for cleaning and other household uses. A point-of-use installation may use a compact reverse osmosis filtration system that can remove chemicals such as chloride and sulfate, or it may be a less complex system that utilizes carbon activated filter to take out organic substances that contribute odors or bad taste. The most basic POU system utilizes a simple filtration that removes sediment or rust.
- Point of entry (POE) filtration is also known as a whole-house water filtration system. These larger units connect to the main water supply line and filter all water for all household use. Typically these are multi-stage systems that incorporate multiple canisters that accommodate a variety of special filtration media to address most any water quality issue. Whole-house POE systems can include ion exchange softeners to reduce mineral content as well as reverse osmosis to take out chemical pollutants. Specialty filtration options that can be added include ultraviolet light generators that expose the water flow to UV wavelengths to neutralize microorganisms like viruses and bacteria.
For professional advice about a water filtration system for your home, in Grand Traverse County contact Team Bob’s Heating Cooling Plumbing.
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