Are your home faucets running dirty water? Do you pour some water and raise your glass to take a sip only to avert your nose in revulsion? Does your water have a color or an unpleasant taste? If the answer to any of these questions is a yes, then you need a water filter. There is a standard for the quality of drinking water, and anything less than purely crystalline doesn’t meet that standard. Water is life, so drink the cleanest. Luckily for you there are multiple filtration options that range in price and method. I’ll explain what each filtration method is and the pros and cons of their use.
Let’s start with the simplest and most affordable, the filter/pitchers are the most basic of their kind. The most popular brand known for these types of filters is Brita. They provide good filtration at low prices, ranging from around $8 to $40. Gravity pulls the water through the filter into the catcher.
-Offers filtered water on the go
-versitile; it can stay at home, or come along for the camping trip
-affordable initial low price
-must continuously refill
-pitcher only holds a fixed amount
-short filter-life, must replace often for true water purification, which gets expensive over time.
If you want a more immediate and pervasively functioning filter for your home, then one of the other options might be a better fit for you.
The next tier to ascend to is the faucet attachment filter. This kind of filter fits onto the nozzle of your sink faucet. You can find them for around $30-$50. The Filter pushes water though by pressure.
-pressurized filters are superior to gravitational functioning filters
-longer lasting filter-life
-constant flow of purified water
-might not fit on a detachable faucet head
The next best thing is what is called Reverse Osmosis filters (RO). The way it works is water is pressurized through four or five filters, removing contaminants such as Flouride, Chlorine, Lead, Pesticides, Nitrates and Sulfates, etc.. RO systems are most often installed in a point of use (POU) location rather than within the house’s main waterline, (although you could get an RO system installed in the main line if you wanted to). So if you got a POU system, the filter would focus only on particular points in your house, such as the kitchen sink, or the shower.
-get it installed in any POU location in your house, or install it in the main line for a more pervasive filtration
-Very efficient filtration, removes 98 to 99% of contaminants
-can possibly remove natural minerals that are good for health
If you are suffering from unclean drinking water, don’t continue to endure it. Do something about it. As you have seen, there are multiple options that can satisfy your filtration needs while accommodating for your budget. All you have to do is decide which one is right for you. Water truly is life, why not drink the cleanest?