How Can You Improve Your Drinking Water Quality?

You are right if you think that something should be done about your drinking water. But how can you improve your drinking water quality? It is easy to feel somewhat overwhelmed by too much and contrasting information.

Let us set some order in the matter. The drinking water distributed by municipal services is supposed to be safe because it has passed a thorough treatment, designed to remove, in a sequence of steps, one contaminant at a time.

Water Contamination however has many forms, as you can easily find if you are inclined to, and it is practically impossible to get pure water at the exit of the treatment plant. They will not even try.

In fact all services add chlorine or equivalent substances for disinfection, to make sure that pathogens and other harmful microbial parasites, viruses, bacteria and the like are killed or inactivated.

Nothing to brag about, if we think of purity. It is true that the treated water you get at your tap will not harm, generally, healthy adults.

It may still be quite dangerous to the health of children, babies, elderly or weakling persons and pregnant women, but it may be hard to prove the link.

Still odor, color and taste leave much to be desired, while  additional undefined contaminants, not treated by the public service, may be coming from old piping systems.

You might decide, out of dismay, to depend on bottled water for drinking, hoping to have improved quality by a courageous leap. Unfortunately more often than not, bottled water is uncertain, inconstant, not better than plain tap water, as research has demonstrated.

Moreover the cost is prohibitive, if you care to sum up the expenses for a month or for a year, and if you consider transport and storage of the bottles. Moreover you should add the disposal of the empty plastic containers which are a nuisance for you and a scourge for the environment.

It is commonly agreed, and even recommended by official professionals, that a filtering system installed at the point of use, usually your kitchen faucet, will greatly improve the quality of the water you will drink, if you properly select, install and maintain (by periodic change) the home filter cartridges.

Many types of filters are available on the market. To select what will satisfy your needs you should probably check guaranteed performance and independent testing certifications, long time costs or economy of operation, and supplier’s reliability and commitment to the customers.

That is the kind of research that I tried to do in my website that you are invited to review.

Elia E. Levi

2 Responses to “How Can You Improve Your Drinking Water Quality?”

  1. Theodore G Says:

    Water taste, odor or color.?
    I am working with new measurement technology to help improve the quality of drinking water. I am interested in finding out which communities have problems with water taste, odor or color. Also, if anyone knows that your water has problems meeting the limits for DBP (disinfection by-products, such as trihalomethanes), then I would like to know. Please let me know your city and state and if the problem is seasonal.

  2. HP Says:

    i live in Dalton GA in the middle of town the water plant is just a few miles down the road from me. our water smells like bleach and tastes pretty bad. but the county has it worse their water is murky and smells a bit like rust so i would say the county needs it worse then the city
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