What can seem more natural and rightful than a simple drink of water? Unfortunately, just getting your hands a on a glass of clear, pure water is a problem for many people living in the United States and around the world. Many United States municipalities have such bad water treatment systems that their water is cloudy, tastes bad or is even undrinkable. And some developing countries have such bad water systems that their water even carries disease. There are people in the world who, when they want a drink of water, still have to travel to a well located in the village center and use a bucket to draw water. Water purity and hygiene is a real problem. If you live in one of these stricken municipalities or a developing country where the water that comes out of your tap is impure, what can you do to make sure that you get your full recommended 60 ounces of clean, clear, pure and delicious water per day? One solution is a whole house water filter.
Whole house water filters are highly complex water filtering systems for use when a house only has access to bad water. For example, people who live in cities with water treatment problems may want whole house water filters. But other people living right here in the United States may also need whole house water filters. These are people living in areas you might not expect to need water filtration. They are rural dwellers. The truth remains that municipal water, or sometimes called in the colloquial, “city water,” does not service many people living in the rural United States. Instead, rural dwellers have long had to find their own source of water. Since it is not very cost effective to buy bottled all the time, and with today’s technology we can do better than that anyway, these rural dwellers have turned to a tried and true method of providing water for their homes – in ground wells.
While well’s are a wonderful source of water, and also, at least in the mountains and river plains, an omnipresent source, sometimes there is a problem with a well. Wells can be contaminated, either by manmade items such as fertilizers and other chemicals, or by naturally occurring elements such as lead. When a house has to rely on a well for its drinking water, it is very important that the people living in that home know whether their well is contaminated. And, if the well is contaminated, it is very important that they take steps, such as installing a whole house water filter, to contain the contamination. After all, you wouldn’t want your children drinking water tinged with lead. Some leading historians even believe that lead poisoning was one of the causes of the downfall of the Roman Empire!
Now, there are some drawbacks to a whole house water filter. First, whole house water filters are hugely expensive when compared to your other options – such as individual sink water filters – for water filtration. Whole house water filters are also extremely wasteful when it comes to water. Some environmentalists and other scientists have pointed out that the earth is actually in the middle of a water crisis, and one day we could actually be fighting battles over water. Since that is the case, it is wasteful to use a whole house water filter because a whole house water filter wastes several gallons of water for every gallon that is purified.
Before investing in and installing a whole house water filter, be sure to contact a plumber or home appliance expert. Explain your water situation and your household needs to them, and let them help you choose the right whole house water filter for your family’s needs.