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Getting the right filter

The immediate reaction of most people who discover that their water supply is less than pure is to consider installing a water softener. But a filter may be a better solution for your specific problem, and combining the two to create a home water softener filter would perhaps be the best option of all.

A recent study showed that 75 per cent of Americans are wary of their water and 50 per cent believe that their water is contaminated in some way. It's not surprising, then, that there are more than 45 million water treatment systems already in use in the USA . One option is to use bottled water for all your drinking and cooking needs, but this will prove costly. A better idea is to install some form of water filter. The kind you need is dependent on the problem you have with your water.

Local contaminants

Water that tastes or smells unpleasant is going to cause immediate concern. It can be due to a variety of reasons, ranging from the chlorine used in water treatment to local weather conditions. The best type of home filter to combat this problem is one which uses granulated active carbon (GAC) as the carbon absorbs any contaminates. Most GAC filters will remove mercury; pesticides, radon and chlorine, but few will reduce lead or remove nitrates and organisms.


Water problems are frequently caused by rust and sediment, which may be visible. Particles collect in the bottom of you dishwasher, washing machine and even in glasses of water left to stand. As these are large, any form of filter will remove them. Red stains forming by tap faucets and in bathtubs and toilets are not caused by rust but by iron. If this is the case, you will need to install a water softener; filters will not remove iron from water.


Many homeowners' greatest concern is water polluted by bacteria and parasites. Although some bacteria and parasites exist naturally in clean water, many do not and can be a serious health hazard if consumed. Ultraviolet (UV) disinfecting devices are the only real solution to this problem. These can be used independently, or a UV device can be added to a carbon filter.

If your household suffers from multiple contaminates there are two real solutions. Reverse-osmosis filters will remove almost anything including metals and chemicals. They are easily fitted to a household plumbing system but waste three times as much water as they provide. Perhaps a more efficient system is a distiller. This removes most harmful elements from water but without the wastage. However, it's not without its downside: a distiller uses huge amounts of electricity and takes a long time to produce the clean water.



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