Water is such a big deal in life that we cannot just simply take it lightly and settle for any ‘clear’ water that is readily available. We have to be cautious about the water we drink: where does it come from? What does it contain? And if possible at which percentages? All these inquiries are very important and should be taken seriously. So many waters out there that sometimes we feel overwhelmed we do not know which one to choose or trust… well in this article I am going to try and water things down for you.
Is there such a thing as ‘Best water Source’?
As demonstrated previously, tap water and boiled water aren’t definitely the best choices. Well, to be honest there is not such a thing as ‘perfect water’ source; however we can try as much as possible to always aim at the best choices possible.
Spring Water, Well Water…..
Statistics have proven that the closest to mother nature we are, the closest to best we are as well. That is why Mountain Spring Water is believed to be one of the best options for highest quality water out there. Even spring water at sea level is great as well. Findaspring.com is great at helping out people locate their nearest spring. Check it out!
The other option is Well Water. No fluoride and far less contaminants involved. However these waters(spring and well waters) still need to be tested. Never assume anything. If you are not well equipped to perform tests on these waters, the best thing to do is to purify them using any of the methods covered here or another.
With lot of us migrating to the cities, it is becoming less and less likely to get natural water sources such as springs or a wells. The most likely water source at our disposal besides bottled water is tap water. Is there any hope for us at all? you might wonder…
What is ‘water filtering’? Well, simple! Water filtering or water filtration is a process through which water is passed through a filter to get rid of heavy metals, bacteria and microbes. I have to remind you however that the ‘clean’, clear water we have through taps is not originally so. This water has gone through extensive treatments at water plant facilities and these include filtration as well. We thank our water supply authorities for taking care of that part for us. However to be safe for consumption either drinking, cooking, bathing, etc. it is good for this water to undergo another round of filtration and this is the one I am covering in this article.
Any Filter is Better than ‘no filter’….
Have you heard of the say that almost goes like this : ‘if you do not use a filter, you are going to be the filter…’ yuk! Yes that is true! And that is the reason why , to begin with : any filter is better than ‘no filter’ at all. At least you are making an effort and that is good and encouraging. However, let take this filtration business a little bit further…
Types Of Water Purification
1. Pitcher Filters
Filters are the most common type of water purification used in homes today. A barrier called filter is placed in front of water, water flows through it and voila!
Filters are made out of various substances and can be pre-built to remove specific particles. The most common filter substance is activated carbon which mainly remove remove organic compounds/contaminants.
One of the drawbacks of filters is that the quality of water drops as the carbon becomes less effective due to accumulated debris and minerals in the filter, thus these filters need to be removed regularly.
The filters do not differentiate between debris and minerals. The removal rate is based on the size of the channels in the carbon for the contaminants to get trapped in. Some contaminants might not be big enough to get caught in the filters, so be cautious with filters. Get them changed at least once a month.
2. Reverse Osmosis System
First and foremost, what is Osmosis? Osmosis occurs when you have two pools of water connected by semi-permeable membrane which allows water through from the less contaminated side to the more contaminated side so that the pressure and contamination percentages become equal. Osmosis move water from the high purity to low purity.
Reverse Osmosis(RO) System….
RO is the Osmosis process but the other way round. This process uses a series of filters(mainly three filters), where water is pushed from one filter to another using pressure. RO systems use a semi-permeable membrane as well.
This is a high quality filtration process that helps remove most of the fluoride and contaminants contained in the water. Reverse Osmosis System is most likely prone to removing many of the minerals contained in water as well so you might need to mineralize your water afterwards if needed.
A quarter teaspoon of Himalayan salt might be a great idea.
Just like any filters, RO system filters need to be regularly checked and replaced because of bacteria build up on the contaminated side of the semi-permeable membrane of the system. The maintenance expense can also be costly. RO systems are also prone to water wastage.
Distillation mimics the way nature does purify water. The sun heats up water on water sources such as lakes, oceans, rivers, etc until water vapor is produced and rises into the air. This vapor condenses when high enough, forms clouds and finally falls as rain for us as well as mother nature to enjoy.
If there were no pollutions, rain water would be close to 99 percent pure. And this is water distillation does through a distiller. Not any distiller though but high quality distiller. You can find more about the basic function of a distiller here.
So what is your preferred water purification method? Let us know in the comment section below. As always, glad to have you around. Peace!