The term pure water is an interesting concept considering that all the water we will ever have has been with us from the beginning in one form or another. Nature has a wonderful way of recycling this finite resource, condensation leads to precipitation and the water then gets gently filtered by the vegetation and porous rocks which brings the filtered water back into our water table.
When this water is sourced and bottled as spring water we believe that this water is fresh and pure and it that has all the right minerals that a person needs to keep their bodies hydrated and healthy. Since there are no sources of “newly manufactured natural” water, topping up our existing finite resources, it stands as a wonderful testimony at how effective mother nature is in filtering the water.
What’s in the tap water?
Since the majority of people do not own their own natural spring we have to rely on water that has been processed and transported to us via the municipal supply. This tap water contains dirt, particles, minerals, metals, organics and other impurities that are not healthy to consume. These impurities will also make the water look, smell and taste bad. Despite the best efforts of the authorities to provide safe drinking water some of the impurities and organics that get through can be harmful to your health.
How can a filter help purify your water?
Dirt and sediment removal
As the water travels through the system it collects dirt and particles. Think of a water leak, when a broken pipe gets fixed, the water quality is compromised but this water still gets through to your taps. The pipes also collect a build-up of organics and minerals, ever noticed that slippery coating that coats the inside of the piping? This can break loose in sections and become part of the water supply.
The purpose of a water filter is to remove the sediment from your water, think of it as your first line of defence where the filter removes anything that is larger than its micron rating. This process will also help the improve the odour and taste of your water.
Unwanted Chemicals, Minerals and Metals
Not every mineral is good for you, especially if it is in a high concentration.
Chlorine is used as it is a cheap way to kill any harmful bacteria and viruses in the water that can cause serious illnesses. Activated carbon filters are a good way to remove the chlorine from the water including the chlorine smell and taste.
Heavy Metals such as lead can come into the water supply, seeping into the water from old lead piping and solder joints in joined and patched pipes. Reverse osmosis is effective in removing lead from your water.
Too many minerals such as iron, copper, calcium and manganese will make your water taste metallic or bitter. They tend to clog up your pipes causing plumbing problems so a filter installed close to your municipal water source will keep these elements from your household or businesses water and piping system.
Pesticides, hormones and chemicals are something that you simply do not want in your water, in any quantity.
While the most toxic pesticides have been banned from use, pesticides are still seeping into our water supply as the use of these less toxic, water soluable pesticides are on the increase.
Hormones used in farming with animals and plants are excreted as waste, and the residual traces are absorbed by ground and through seepage enter into our water supply.