Bourton on the Water, known as \"The Venice of the Cotswolds\" is an extremely popular Cotswold destination where elegant 18th century bridges cross the River Windrush as it flows through the centre of the village.
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Bourton-On-The-Water, tagged as the Venice of the Cotswolds is known for its low bridges over the River Windrush with beautiful stone houses around it. A picture-perfect scenery for all seasons.
Our last stop when I went to the Cotswolds in 2012 as a day trip from London was this beautiful village of Bourton-On-The-Water. My eyes feasted on the quaintness of this town and I told myself that if I’m ever going back to the Cotswolds, I’d stay for a night here. And so I did, eight years later I was back and fulfilled that promise.
Bourton-On-The-Water is a beautiful town which holds that English charm that we all so love. It’s located in Gloucestershire with much of the town designated as a UK Conservation Area.
The High Street is flanked with a series of low bridges over the river filled with swans and ducks while traditional Cotswold buildings stand back from the river. It’s a photographer’s dream location, everywhere you look is picture-perfect.
There are quite a few things to do and see here despite its small size, there’s the Model Village – which depicts Bourton on a much smaller scale using authentic building materials; there’s the Motoring Museum with vintage car collections; the Modern Railway Exhibition with an operating indoor model railway layout and of course the Birdland – a bird zoo with an impressive collection of penguins.
I didn’t really have a particular itinerary when we were in Bourton because I wasn’t sure how tired we’ll be when we arrive there. The plan was to just walk around the village and enjoy it as much as we can and so we did. We arrived late in the afternoon and immediately checked-in at our accommodation for the night – The Lansdowne Guesthouse.
The location of the property is perfect, just a few minutes’ walk to the High Street. I wasn’t really crazy about our room though because it was right next to the main door and we could hear everything from inside the room. It was just for a night though so we didn’t really make such a big fuss out of it.
After all the driving and the walking that we’ve done in the past few days, we were extremely tired when we arrived at Bourton so the husband requested for a few minutes of naptime. I joined him. Lol. We’re old. :p
Afterwards, we peeled ourselves from the comforts of our bed and walked around the village which was empty! All the tourists have gone and we had the place to ourselves.
It was rainy and cold but it didn’t dampen our visit. Most of the restaurants were closed from around 3pm to 7pm so there was even less activity around. We were looking for a place to have dinner for that night but everything seemed to be full. Thank goodness we had that fabulous meal at The King’s Arms at Stow-In-The-Wold before coming here so we didn’t really get bothered by it as much.
Bourton-On-The-Water is a very small village and you could easily walk around its High Street for under an hour. After having satisfied my love for taking photos of beautiful sceneries, we decided to go for a drive to the nearby Lower Slaughter.
We came back to Bourton with only one thing in mind, buy some snacks and drinks then just stay inside our room for the night. Yes, we spent the last night of our Cotswold holiday sleeping in early. And yes, we’re that old. Lol.
Breakfast the next day was served inside their cute dining area, I decided to have a full English Breakfast this time and gave up on my avocado on toast. Lol.
We bid our farewells to Lansdowne Guesthouse, to Bourton-On-The-Water and to our Cotswold holiday after our meal and proceeded to drive back to London with great memories of our English holiday.
When it comes to drinking water, everyone wants clean, great-tasting water. For many families, a home water filter helps to provide them with pristine water that is free of odors, chemicals, lead, and other potentially toxic substances. Despite the fact that many of these filters seem identical, there are significant differences between the many types and brands.
If you have ever considered purchasing a water filtration system for your home or office, the information below will help you understand the different technologies and their functions.
What You Need to Know Before Buying a Water Filter
As mentioned above, all water filters are not identical. Here are three more commonly unknown facts about water filtration systems:
Filter quality varies from one brand to another, each one eliminating a specific set of contaminants.
Just because a filter is “NSF Certified,” it is not guaranteed to remove any specific contaminant.
Some filters rely on multiple technologies in order to remove contaminants, while others utilize a single type.
If you wish to better understand the more technical elements of your water filter, simply read the label or visit the company website before you make a purchase.
10 Water Filtration Methods
Before you buy any type of water for your home, whether a jug from the store, a filter or even a water cooler, it’s wise to know more about the various purification methods that may have happened before you take a sip. Some filtration methods are better at removing particles and contaminants than others. Here’s a quick overview of each type of water filtration method.
1. Activated Carbon
Carbon removes contaminants by chemically bonding to the water that is poured into the system. Some are only effective at removing chlorine, which only improves taste and odor, while others remove more harmful contaminants, such as mercury and lead. It is important to note that carbon filters do not have the ability to remove inorganic pollutants such as nitrates, fluoride, and arsenic. Carbon filters are usually sold in block or granulated form to consumers.
Distillation is one of the oldest water purification methods. It vaporizes water by heating it to exceptionally high temperatures. The vapor is then condensed back into drinkable, liquid water. Distillation removes minerals, microorganisms, and chemicals that have a high boiling point. These filters cannot remove chlorine and many other volatile organic chemicals.
Deionization filters promote ion exchange in your water in order to remove salts and other electrically charged ions. If a contaminant lacks an electrical charge, it will be removed by these filters. Living organisms, such as viruses and bacteria will not be removed by these filters.
4. Ion Exchange
Ion exchange technology uses a resin to replace harmful ions with ones that are less harmful. Ion exchange is often used to soften water since it has the ability to replace calcium and magnesium with sodium. In order for these filters to work for extended periods of time, the resin must be regularly “recharged” with harmless replacement ions.
5. Reverse Osmosis
Reverse osmosis works by moving water through a semi-permeable membrane in order to stop larger, more harmful molecules from entering. Since this process can only block molecules that are larger than water, contaminants with larger molecules, such as chlorine, cannot be removed. Reverse osmosis systems are able to remove more contaminants than carbon, making them a popular choice for many consumers. These filters consume far more water than they produce, so they are best suited for domestic use.
Despite the fact that they cannot remove chemical contaminants, mechanical filters are an excellent option for consumers hoping to rid their water of sediments and cysts. Mechanical filters contain small holes that remove these contaminants, and they are sometimes used alongside other filtration technologies. If your water supply contains an undesirable amount of dirt and other particles, you may want to consider purchasing a mechanical filter.
Ozone is often employed alongside other technologies, and it is renowned for its ability to effectively kill large numbers of microorganisms. Ozone filters do not remove chemicals, but if you are worried about getting sick from your water, this may be your best option.
8. Carbon Block
Carbon block filters are block-shaped filters that are composed of crushed carbon particles. These filters tend to be more effective than other types of carbon-based filters since they have a larger surface area. The rate at which water flows through these filters has a direct impact on their level of effectiveness. Fibredyne carbon block filters have a greater sediment-holding capacity than other types of block filters.
9. Granulated Carbon
As the name suggests, these filters use small grains of carbon to filter your water. Due to their rather small surface area, granulated carbon filters tend to be slightly less effective than their block-shaped counterparts. Much like a carbon block filter, their level of effectiveness is strongly influenced by water speed.
10. Water Softeners
Water softeners employ ion exchange technology in order to reduce the amount of magnesium and calcium in the water. This is especially useful if your plumbing fixtures are prone to accumulating mineral buildup. Since these harmful elements are replaced with sodium, water treated with this process tends to contain high levels of sodium. If you cannot consume large amounts of salt, it is best to avoid softened water. It is also unwise to water plants with softened water since it contains such high levels of sodium.
Types of Water Filters
There are various types of water filters available to consumers. Here are some of the most common types, along with their advantages and disadvantages:
Pitchers usually contain carbon filters that improve the taste and odor of your water by removing contaminants. These filter types are inexpensive and fit easily inside of most refrigerators.
As the name implies, under-sink filters are installed underneath your sink and are attached directly to your waterline. They can be expensive, but they require little maintenance and are placed out of sight.
On-counter filters are placed on the counter and are directly connected to your faucet. A switch allows consumers to switch between filtered and unfiltered water. Countertop water coolers are a popular, hassle-free way to get purified water with little work.
Faucet-mounted filters attach directly to your faucet, allowing you to filter cooking and drinking water with ease. These filters are fairly simple to install, but they may not fit on all faucets.
Making the Right Decision
With so many choices on the market, finding the perfect water filtration system to fit your family’s needs may seem impossible at first. It is normal to feel overwhelmed, but by understanding how the different types work and keeping your personal needs in mind, you will undoubtedly find the right one. When you install a water filter in your home, your family will have access to clean and healthy water any time the need arises.
The delivery of clean water through municipal water supply systems to our homes is one of the hallmarks of modern civilization. Modern water supply systems test and treat water to ensure it’s safe for all of our needs — drinking, cooking, cleaning, and more.
You want to be sure that the water we use is as pure as possible, and a practical way to ensure that is to add a water filtration system to your home, whether it is a whole house water filter or a water filter located on the water line in your kitchen sink or another water source.
Are you concerned about the water in your area? Check out this handy resource from the EPA that provides information on safe drinking water throughout the United States.
The benefits of a home water filtration system
Whether your water comes from city water or well-based water systems, you want to ensure that it’s safe for your family. There are many opportunities for contaminants to enter your water, and even if your water is free of contaminants, high levels of minerals can affect the taste of your tap water or make the operation of your dishwasher or clothes washer less efficient.
The best way to tackle these issues is to filter your water in your home, at the point where you’ll use it. Here are some of the benefits you’ll enjoy by installing a filtration system.
Enjoy safe drinking water all the time
The consequences of having unsafe drinking water can be dire. Pollutants like heavy metals can have profound health consequences at worst, or at best make your water unpalatable. While the vast majority of municipal water systems in the United States do an excellent job of treating our water and ensuring water quality, there is always the danger of system failures, so it’s best to be safe. If you filter your water with an effective home water filtration system you’re making a smart investment in the health of your family.
If you’re buying bottled water for your family to use at home the costs can add up quickly. For the average family drinking 2-3 bottles of water a day, annual costs can easily exceed $500. That’s money can be recouped in a timely fashion after you install a water filtration system in your home. And there’s another drawback to bottled water…
Help preserve our environment
You’re probably familiar with stories and images of the increasing costs to the environment of our society’s heavy use of plastic, and plastic bottles are a big part of the plastic waste stream. And even if you’re conscientious about disposing of plastic bottles, there’s no guarantee that you’re used plastic bottles will end up being recycled. Eliminating plastic bottles from your home’s waste stream can play a part in correcting this problem.
Reduce potential plumbing issues
Minerals, heavy metals, and chemicals in your water can cause corrosion and damage to your pipes and water-using appliances. By eliminating these potentially damaging factors at the source you can extend the life of your pipes, hot-water heaters, and other home appliances.
Prevent skin irritation
Individuals with sensitive skin or who experience skin irritations and conditions such as eczema or psoriasis can suffer from exposure to chemicals in water such as chlorine. A water filtration system in your home can go a long way towards alleviating these problems.
And even if you don’t suffer from these conditions, there’s nothing like the feeling of pure, clean water when you’re taking a shower or enjoying a tub!
Save on soap and enjoy cleaner clothes
Water that has a high concentration of minerals can diminish the effectiveness of soap. With the addition of a water filtration system, you’ll find that appliances like your clothes washer and dishwasher will clean more effectively. Clothes and dishes will be cleaner and your appliances won’t suffer from the buildup of mineral deposits.
Reduces limescale and other mineral deposits
If you’ve ever looked at the bottom of an old tea kettle, you may have noticed white, chalky deposits on the bottom. That’s limescale, the buildup of minerals from lime and other minerals in your water. In addition to being unattractive, limescale can build up in pipes and appliances, and it often makes your water taste unpleasant.
A quality whole-home water filtration system will alleviate many of the issues associated with limescale, and give you better tasting water as well.
Improve the taste of your drinking water
Water is one of the best fluids for your body, and adding more water to your diet can have real benefits for your overall health. So why not enjoy the best tasting water? With a whole house water filter in your home, you’ll enjoy the clean, crisp taste of pure water, every time you open your tap.
Understanding the different types of water filtration systems
Several different methods are commonly employed for water filtration in the home. Depending on your particular situation, the right one for your situation can vary. Let’s take a look at the science behind each of the most popular filtration technologies.
Reverse osmosis water filter systems
This is the gold standard for home water filter systems. These systems use air pressure to force water through a semi-permeable membrane. Properly installed, these systems can handle a large quantity of filtered water and eliminate almost all contaminants. Reverse osmosis systems are designed to operate as a whole house water filter. They’re placed in a central location and provide the entire home with filtered water.
Cation exchange water filter systems
These systems are known by other names, usually water softeners or exchange systems. They’re designed as whole-home systems, so all the water in your home will receive the benefits of employing one of these systems. The system works by creating positively charged ions that attract the negatively charged ions of earth metals like barium, calcium, and magnesium, minerals that can cause your water to taste bad and negatively impact your health.
Activated carbon systems are relatively inexpensive and quite common. Activated carbon systems are usually located at the point of delivery, that is, before an individual faucet, such as in your kitchen. Your water supply flows through an activated carbon filter located in line with the faucet and the filter removes chemicals, parasites, or heavy metals present in the water.
Activated carbon filtration systems are inexpensive and easy to install, but the carbon filter in the system will need to be replaced regularly, and they don’t cover the entire home, just the faucet you’ve installed them in line with.
At our services, we offer a variety of different water filtration from respected manufacturers. Get in touch with us to find out what your options are.
Tips for installing a whole house filtration system
If you’ve decided that you’d like to tackle a house water filter installation, here are some useful tips for how to proceed with the job.
Be sure the whole house water filter you’ve selected is a good match for your home
Different house water filtration systems have different requirements for fittings and space required. It’s important that you carefully check the requirements of the system before you purchase a whole house filter system. If you’re in doubt, consult with a professional before undertaking the project.
Be sure your water pressure is correct
Did you know that your water pressure can be too high? Whole house water filters are built to operate within a specific range of water pressures, and if the water pressure is too high, you can damage the system. Have your water pressure checked, and if it is too high, have a water pressure reducing valve installed on your water supply pipe before you install a whole house water filter.
Consider using a pre-filter
A pre-filter acts as a sediment filter, preventing debris and other particles in the water supply from clogging your water filter. This investment can help extend the life of your whole house’s water filter system.
Install your whole house water filter system before the water heater
Don’t ignore this important part of the installation process. A whole house water filtration system is designed to work with cold water from your water line, not the heated water coming out of your water heater.
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Our plumbing experts at our service have the training, expertise, and experience to work with you to evaluate your situation and recommend a water filtration system that meets your needs and matches your water supply. Our expertise with purification system installations at Enoch means we have the experience and knowledge to offer you a variety of options from highly-rated manufacturers. If you’re considering a water purification system, don’t delay, get in touch with us today. Quotes are free, and we’ll help you find the system for your home.