Water makes up at least 60% of our bodies and it is essential for our organs to function properly. Therefore, it makes sense to drink quality water free of harmful contaminants. Where do we start?
- First – know your water quality.
- You can do this by reviewing your supplier’s annual Consumer Confidence Report or test your well water.
- Secondly – if your test results show a contaminant that approaches or exceeds the EPA drinking water standards, then:
- check with your local health department on their recommendations for filtration;
- or use either of the following online drinking water interpretation tools: (https://www4.des.state.nh.us/DWITool/Welcome.aspx and http://dwit.psiee.psu.edu/dwit.asp). These tools will provide an explanation of what your results mean and what type filtration is recommended.
There are numerous types of water filters and filtration systems for homes. Some filters are installed where you get your drinking water, or point of use (POU) and can be fit on the faucet or under the sink. Other filters treat the entire home water supply, or point of entry (POE), such as a water softener.
It is important to remember that since filters can be expensive, depending on type and size, only purchase what you need based on your test results. Also, all filtration requires maintenance! Be sure to change filters and follow the recommended maintenance. Filters that are not changed can actually reduce water flow, and not take out the contaminants they are intended to.
Yes, there is a solution to drinking water quality. Being informed and the proper use and care of filtration are essential!