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Would an Under Sink Water Filter Remove Lead, Ecoli and Other Bacteria From Your Water?

By Edited Aug 16, 2015 0 0

so you enjoy safe drinking water from your taps

You deserve the right to have safe drinking water for you and your family. It is almost as a birthright. We rely heavily on our municipalities and cities to provide this drinking water for us.  After all, we pay water taxes to them and therefore we deserve good clean and safe drinking water. It is their responsibility for delivering safe drinking water to our homes.  

If you live in an older neighborhood it would be wise to test the water you get from your city or local water authorities. Why?  The underground water pipes installed many years ago were either of copper or cast iron, lead or other similar material and may have started to corrode due to the oxygen in the water reacting with the pipes over that long period. In some cities and towns the water from the tap comes out looking like mud with a brownish or yellowish tinge.  In some neighborhoods the pipes are 50- 100 years old and with the corrosion of these metal pipes you never know what kind of contaminants are in the water. 

 

While the cities and municipalities test the water before sending it through the pipes to your home they have no quality assurance responsibilities for it, after it leaves the water plant.  Their water test could be satisfactory when it leaves the water plant but when it arrives at your home it is a different matter. Your drinking water coming out of your taps could be contaminated.

 

Some of these contaminants could prove very harmful to your family over time.  So it would be wise to be safe, rather than sorry, to remove the contaminants from the water that enters your home.  By taking this action, you will be assured that you have taken out all these health hazards and not worry about the ill effects they may cause later.

 

First, you must get your water tested. Call your local municipality, city or water authority to conduct a test of your drinking water. They may have the resources to conduct these tests for free.  If not, you can take a sample of your water to a local water testing lab at the advice from your water authority.   When you call your local water authority inquire about the quality of your water by getting a copy of the Consumer Confidence Report (CCR). They are responsible for informing consumers about water quality in accordance with the Environmental Protection Agency regulations.

 

Once you get the results you will find that you may have just a few or many contaminants in your water.  What do you do then? The Laboratory will test for lead, chloroform, arsenic, nitrate, nitrite, radon, and E.coli bacteria etc., which are common in tap water.

 

Once you determine the contaminants that are present in your water, you can then start shopping for the right under sink water filter unit.

 

Filters come in all kinds and types. One size does not fit all. So, be careful. Take the lab tests to the store and check the specification and the claims of the ones in which you are interested. Some filters remove only certain kinds of contaminants. Be sure to find one that is designed to remove the contaminants in your water.

 

One important feature of the water filter you are considering is the flow rate. Flow rate is how fast the water is filtered through the cartridge.  Another feature is the clogging frequency. Clogging measures how well the filter retains its flow rate over time and whether the water stops flowing completely before it approaches its useful life.

 

 Do not let sales personnel pressure you to buy the expensive filters claiming that the one they are recommending removes the contaminants in your water, unless you can confirm that it really does so. Do not over pay for one that you absolutely do not need. Shop wisely! Get the right tool for the job. Pay less! Nowadays, most filters are easily assembled and installed by the home occupant. If you cannot install it yourself, get a competent person to help you install it.

 

Now, you can feel safe and confident and enjoy the drinking water in your home with the right under sink water filter.

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