How to Have the Safest Drinking Water in Your Home

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By now, you’ve come across the phrase “water is life” on countless occasions. This statement couldn’t be any truer. We use water to cook, clean, drink, and wash, not to mention a plethora of other uses. What of the several times you went to the beach to have some fun or to the lake fishing. Essentially, water supports life. Now, to your surprise, water can also take life. It’s ironic, isn’t it? 

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There are so many scenarios where we read about water, killing thousands of people through tsunamis, floods, and flash floods. Though contributed by other factors, water was involved.  While this is happening, millions of people have lost their lives silently as a result of drinking contaminated water.

Growing up, you may or may not have been told that drinking contaminated water is dangerous. But most people are not well informed about the dangers involved in doing so. You may deem the tap water you drink at home as clean and safe. But little is known about the measures taken by water companies to ensure that our water is safe for drinking. This is why you need to make it your priority in ensuring that your family is well protected from the dangers that lurk inside a glass of contaminated water. Here are various ways on how to have the safest drinking water in your home.

1. Chemical Treatment

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The process of water purification involves removing any contaminants that may cause harm to us from the water. There are various methods of water purification, including some that involve the use of certain safe chemicals. Now, the reason to use chemicals in water purification is that some water sources may contain various minerals and chemical compounds that can only be eliminated by using safer yet effective chemicals. In other words, it’s another fighting fire with fire scenario! While some of these chemicals are used on large scale levels, some countries will distribute them to their citizens inclusive of instructions on how to use them, all in a plight to ensure that they are drinking safe water. Below are the most commonly used chemicals for purifying water:

Water softener systems
A water softener system is a system that helps to condition hard water. Water softener systems are effective in eliminating magnesium and calcium from the water. The effects of hard water include the buildup of white limestone or scales in pipes, faucets, appliances, and sinks. These are the major points through which our drinking water comes in from in our houses.

Now, while magnesium and calcium are not bad or unhealthy, the buildup of white limestone in pipes and faucets could be a major breeding ground for molds and mildew in the event that the pipes are empty. As you will discover if you get more information online about hard water and water softeners, salty water can also result in reduced appliance efficiency and dull or stiff laundry, not to mention that your soap won’t lather. It can have several direct impacts on your health as well, including damaged hair, dry skin, and abdominal problems in case mold or mildew is ingested along with water. To make your household water safe for drinking and convenient for other uses, it is best to invest in a water softener.

Chloramines
If you thought that chlorine was the safest option for purifying water, you’re wrong! Unlike chlorine, chloramines are safer and will do the job right. Chlorine in its purest form can be toxic and this means it requires a lot of care when handling it. But you’ll be sure that when you use chloramines, you’ll have eliminated the threats brought about by bacteria and other harmful organisms found in drinking water.

Other chemicals used in the purification of water include Muriatic Acid, chlorine dioxide, algicide, soda ash, and sodium bicarbonate.

2. Water Filtration Systems

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Water filtration systems are among the most common solutions for water purification in most homes today. These are commercially available water filters that are easily accessible and reasonably priced. With a water filtration system in your home, you can say goodbye to the high costs of purchasing bottled water. In addition to this, it’s friendly to the environment. There are several varieties of water filters each, with a different mechanism but serving the same purpose of ensuring that the water you drink at home or in your office is safe and clean. Below are a few types of water filters:

Reverse osmosis water filters – Back in the day, you must have learned something about osmosis. Reverse osmosis water filters use the same process. Essentially, the process involves passing possibly contaminated water through a membrane that sieves the water. The semipermeable membrane catches all the contaminants in the water, leaving your water crystal clear and safe for consumption.
Activated carbon water filters – These are the most commonly used home water filters. They include filters that are filled with active carbon granules that trap contaminants and other chemical impurities that are harmful to us. These carbon granules are porous, made of charcoal base. But do not expect this type of water filter to deal with your hard water problems.
Distillation – Distillation is the simplest form of water filtration. The best thing about this system is that you can do it on your own. Much like boiling water to kill germs and other contaminants, the distillation process involves capturing the water vapor and cooling it back into the water state. Though strenuous, it may be the only water purification system that doesn’t involve chemicals or other additives.

3. Boil Your Water
And then there’s the good old method of purifying drinking water… boiling. It’s been with us literally since the beginning of civilization. It’s a safe practice that has been recommended by health officers and in addition to this, it’s inexpensive. All you need is a source of heat and a boiling vessel and you are good to go. This is a reliable method for those living in remote areas and undeveloped countries where innovations and technology are yet to find roots.

But we live in a busy world, and not many people may get enough time to boil water for drinking. Also, boiled water may not be practical for sedimented or hard water, not to mention that the taste of water is altered after boiling. Nonetheless, boiling water before drinking helps kill germs or pathogens that could make you sick. Additionally, drinking hot water also has many benefits, including improving blood circulation, promoting weight loss, and relieving nasal congestion, just to name a few.

It’s one thing to trust our water companies and it’s another to trust the water that comes from the water companies. Water contamination can occur at any stage in the piping process. You first need to consider that these pipes need to be routinely maintained. Contamination can occur during the maintenance routines or in the major water supplies our water comes from. So, before you drink straight from the tap, think safety first, and you have the above tips to help you make your home water safer.

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How to Have the Safest Drinking Water in Your Home
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By now, you’ve come across the phrase “water is life” on countless occasions. This statement couldn’t be any truer.

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