Very few of us use our tap water for drinking or for our coffee makers and tea pots. Buying cases of bottled water can be inconvenient and expensive. On the one hand, we don’t want to drink the tap water (which is free) and on the other hand, the benefits of a whole house filtration system are many (but they’re costly). But, what are the options in between the two?
If you think of a whole house filtration system as being a prescription drug, consider these your “over the counter” alternatives.
Many people start with a water-filtering pitcher water filters like Brita. These pitchers use Granulated Activated Charcoal to remove some contaminants. They are less expensive than other filter options upfront, but do require frequent filling as well as cartridge replacement. The money and attention required make them more expensive in the long run, especially for large families. It’s important to know that because the carbon is not solid, these pitchers do not remove all toxins—but it will improve the taste.
Another option is the New Wave Enviro 10 Stage Water Filter System. It is a countertop system packing in 10 separate filtering membranes inside a compact vertical housing. It purifies water for a family of 4 for up to a year, removing major contaminants to below EPA minimum levels. Under $100, this system may be an affordable system solution as well. Remember, however, that it only filters one faucet in your home.
Have you heard of solid block carbon filters? These are recognized by the EPA as the best option for removing chemicals like herbicides, pesticides and VOCs. Quality carbon block filters will remove chemicals, pesticides, bacteria, fluoride (with filter attachment), heavy metals, nitrate, nitrites and parasites. Most are gravity based and can safely transform any type of water into safe drinking water. They do take up counter space and are more expensive up front. However, they work without electricity or running water and require fewer filter replacements. Plus they don’t remove naturally occurring minerals from the water. Many people report that this water tastes even better than bottled water.
A whole house filtration system is still your best option to remove all the contaminates from your water, making it healthier to use and better to drink. Our highly skilled professionals at Ben Franklin Plumbing AZ would be happy to educate you about what would work best for you and your family. To learn more about our water treatment options, visit our website or contact us today. (602) 903-1762