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Water Filtration Systems for Your Faucet

Glass being filled with water from faucet with water filtration system

Water filtration is a general term that refers to any system or process that is used to filter out particles and pollutants from water. It doesn’t necessarily need to be a purifier to make the cut. Anything that removes any amount of particles, sediment, bacteria, and the chlorine taste can be called water filtration. If it has a filter of any type, it’s a filtration system.

Types of Filtration

Filtration systems can include activated carbon charcoal filters either designed within a pitcher or included as part of a faucet-mount or tap-installed filter, ultraviolet (UV) light units, reverse osmosis, water distillers (whole system or portable counter), or another form of water treatment process. The term incorporates home filter systems, as well as much larger scale municipal or public water treatment plants. Some appliances are also designed with water filtration features such as refrigerator models which come with onboard filtered water/ice or freestanding water cooler/dispensers.

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There are many different types of water filters available, and your buying decisions will be influenced by the present condition of your water. If it’s not potable, you’ll need a process to remove or destroy harmful bacteria, minerals, and pollutants for starters. Your local water expert is the best professional to help you evaluate your choices.

Once water testing has confirmed what is in your water, you will be given remedy options to make your drinking water safe (potable). Installation requirements and costs will be discussed, based on needs and whether you own your home or not. Today, there are many choices, and these systems are much more affordable than they were a decade ago.

Keep It Clean

Whether you choose a small filter or a large unit, maintenance is key to keeping that system working efficiently. That means routine filter changes by yourself or by your chosen water specialist. If you have hard water or, for some reason, there is more sediment and particles in your water, it may require more frequent filter changes. Being proactive with care is an important part of any filtration process. Water filtration systems differ in size, price, installation, and efficiency, but they all in some way improve our water’s quality.

What is Hard Water?

When water runs through limestone or chalk, it can build up a deposit of minerals, including magnesium and calcium. Water with a high concentration of such minerals is known as hard water. Soft water, on the other hand, contains low concentrations of these ions.

Home Filters

Water does not need to qualify as not being potable to benefit from some filtration system. One of the biggest consumer concerns is the chlorine taste left by town water treatment plants. It’s a necessary evil that results from measures taken to make your drinking water safe. You can, however, add an economical and simple filter system to reduce that if you wish to. A good alternative is also keeping a filtered water pitcher in the refrigerator.

Note that not all carbon filters, or larger units, have the same efficiency. There are differences in filtration layers or stages, as well as in the quality of materials. That’s where the product details should be reviewed, so you know what the product will do for your water.

The Bourton-on-the-Water.net featured is a good example of a simple measure to improve the quality of water. This is a popular choice for many because of its performance, easy install and affordable price.

 

 

8 Health Benefits Of Drinking Filtered Water

If you’re spending a fortune on bottled water because you don’t like the taste of tap water, you may be interested to hear that you could have a water filter fitted in your home. These filters purify the water at the source, giving you great tasting water at the turn of a tap. But what are the advantages of drinking filtered water? We’ll give you 8 reasons!

1.) Taste

Filtered water tastes fresher and cleaner, the filters remove the chlorine and bacteria that can make tap water taste flat or chemical.

2.) Toxins

The filter removes harmful substances from the water such as lead, which can only be a good thing for your health.

3.) Cost

The cost of filtered water is far less than the cost of bottled water. Installing a filter will pay for itself in the long term.

4.) Cancer

Drinking filtered water lowers your risk of developing certain cancers by removing the chlorine. The list includes rectal, colon and bladder cancer.

5.) Minerals

Although water filters remove the minerals that can be harmful to health, the minerals that you want to stay are kept in the water. Essentially a water filter is giving you the healthy minerals you would get from bottled water at a fraction of the cost.

6.) Cooking

Because you’re getting clean water on tap, you can use it for everything, not just drinking. Your food will benefit from being cooked with great tasting, fresh water too.

7.) Bugs

Water filters also remove bacteria which can lead to stomach upsets, keeping you and your family healthier and happier all year around.

There are more than 2,100 known bacteria in drinking water, why take the risk?

8.) Children

The healthiest drink for the human body is water, but children often don’t like the taste. With a filter, you can encourage them to drink more water, leading to healthier children and setting up good habits for later life.

Installing a water filtration system is a simple and effective way to improve almost everything about your water and your family’s health. Browse our full range of water filtration systems here. With clean, clear water at a fraction of the cost of bottled water, you will be glad you made the decision to install one of our systems.

How to conserve water

If we all do our part in conserving precious water supplies, we can make a huge difference for the environment.

The average person uses around 140 litres of water a day. But huge water deficits are on track to occur by the 2080s – so we need to start cutting down.

Water conservation means using water wisely and not contributing to unnecessary wastage.

Top reasons to conserve water:

  • Conserving water saves energy. Energy is needed to filter, heat and pump water to your home, so reducing your water use also reduces your carbon footprint.
  • Using less water keeps more in our ecosystems and helps to keep wetland habitats topped up for animals like otters, water voles, herons and fish. This is especially important during drought periods and in areas like South East England where there is a big demand on water supplies.
  • Conserving water can save you money. If you have a water meter then the less water you use, the less you may be charged by your water company.

Waiting for the tap to run cold can waste 10 litres of tap water a day!

 

Save water in the kitchen:

  • Put a large bottle of tap water in the fridge to save waiting for the tap to run cold. Waiting for the tap to run cold can waste 10 litres of water a day!
  • Only fill the kettle with the amount of water needed.
  • Put lids on saucepans to reduce the amount of water lost during heating.
  • Put your dishwasher and washing machine on with full loads and on an eco-setting wherever possible.
  • Use a washing-up bowl in your sink to reduce the volume of water you use to fill the area.

Save water in the bathroom:

  • Turn the tap off while brushing your teeth. A running tap can waste more than 6 litres of water a minute!
  • Purchase a water-efficient toilet (one with a dual flush) or go by the old saying ‘if it’s yellow let it mellow, if it’s brown flush it down!’
  • Get a cistern displacement device to save up to 5,000 litres of water every year. They are free from most water companies.
  • Shower instead of bathe. An average bath uses around 80 litres of water, but a shower typically uses between 6 and 45 litres.
  • Install water-efficient taps and showers to minimise heating water – this will save you money on your water and energy bills, as well as decreasing your carbon footprint.
  • Fix a dripping tap. A dripping tap can waste 15 litres of water a day!

Save water in the garden:

  • Sprinklers can use as much as 1,000 litres of water an hour! In truth, it’s okay for the lawn to go brown, it will recover the next time it rains.
  • Use a water butt to catch large amounts of rainwater and use this to water your plants, clean your car and wash your windows.
  • Use mulch and bark in your garden, it will help to reduce evaporation by up to 75%.
  • Plant drought-resistant plants that don’t require as much watering.

More useful tips and in-depth information can be found on the bourton-on-the-water.net website.

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