Facts Affecting Drinking Water Quality
Our customers often ask us what they can do to improve their drinking water quality and reduce water pollution. So, we thought we’d write a blog post about it to help our community. By the way, did you know that August was national water quality month? Well, it was, but not too many people know this!
We hope our post will help to raise awareness…check out our top tips! ?
Make sure you properly dispose of hazardous chemicals
We don’t want nasty chemicals to end up in our local water supply, do we?
Be mindful of what you’re throwing down the drain
Many people tend to flush unwanted and out-of-date medications down their toilet or drain. Big mistake! What you put down the drain will obviously affect your water supply. Substances like soaps, detergents, lotions, creams, and medications, will all find their way into your water supply. So, why not be more environmentally-friendly and use non-toxic products instead?
Clear up your garbage and scoop up your pet waste
Always ensure that your garbage is placed in the bin, and recycle if you can. Put all your pet waste in the bin or flush it down the toilet. It’s important to scoop up your pet waste to prevent all that horrible bacteria from running into the drain and water supplies. So, tie it up in recycled-plastic bags and dispose of it safely!
Another thing you can do to ensure your water is cleaner for drinking is to install a water filtration system. This can be easily installed under your kitchen sink. A filtration system will also improve the taste and odour of your water. Your kitchen faucet won’t only be cleaner for drinking, but also for cooking!
Safe water is essential for good health, but did you know that it’s also good for your appliances too? Yep, that’s right! When water is ‘softened’ it enables your appliances to work more efficiently. So, this means your washing machine and dishwasher will last much longer! ?
The great thing about filtered water is that you will even see the benefits when you shower. You’ll be able to take showers that are free of chlorine and other contaminants. This will, of course, result in soft skin and healthy shiny hair! Not bad, huh? ?
Here are some filtration methods which will help you to improve your water quality:
Point-of-entry filtration systems (POE)
This option filters water at the source, regardless of where the water is coming from. Many people use reverse osmosis units. POE’s essentially purifies water at the water line, just as it enters your home or business premises. The system will reduce sediments. It will make your drinking water quality much cleaner. However, it doesn’t stop there! Check out all the other benefits:
- Removes chlorine
- Removes particulates
- Eradicates cloudiness and cysts
- Eliminates odours, and any bad tastes
- Reduces lead and other metal compounds
- Filter change reminders enable you to change the filter when necessary
You will find a wide range of point-of-entry water filters systems available on the market. So, it’s probably best to choose one that only requires plumbing, including replacing the filtration media. Avoid one that requires replacing the whole tank. This will help you to save money!
Point-of-use filtration systems (POU)
This option includes things like distillers and reverse osmosis units. This will purify your water at one faucet, for example, at your kitchen sink or maybe your shower. Let’s look at your options, shall we?
Reverse osmosis water filters
This allows water to pass through the self-cleaning semi-permeable membrane. This filters out nearly every contaminant. It is a more expensive option, and some even consider it to be quite wasteful. However, it can filter water to your entire house or place of work.
Alkaline water machine
This option will filter your drinking water and make it more alkaline at the same time! Great stuff, we love it! ? It’s paramount that we keep our bodies as alkaline as possible. When we have too much acid in our bodies we become more susceptible to illness.
Ceramic carbon water filters
There are ceramic and carbon filters on the market which filter a wide range of contaminants from the water. You’ll find that some are even infused with silver. If you didn’t already know, silver is a great antibiotic. It will reduce the number of micro-organisms that are present in your water, which instantly improves your drinking water quality. You’ll be able to get this solution built-in to your water supply. However, do bear in mind that you will need to replace it every 12 months!
You may prefer this because it’s a particularly cost-effective way to remove contaminants from drinking water. Unfortunately, it does have a short filter life and it won’t filter out that many bacteria and chemicals. Therefore, you might want to try carbon blocks, (activated carbon water filters). They’re a bit more advanced than jug filters and they last longer!
It’s important to drink plenty of water. This is key to staying healthy. However, if your water isn’t clean or safe, this will obviously do you more harm than good. So, if you have concerns about your tap water you should get in touch with Water UK. The Drinking Water Inspectorate can also investigate your problem.
Your trusted community plumber
MJC Plumbing is a long-established family business and we care deeply about our customers and community. Your drinking water quality is important to us, as well as excellent customer service, and quality work! ?
Call us today on 020 7064 6777 to get your plumbing job booked in. You’ll receive a free, no obligation and competitive quote!