How to Ensure Superb Water Quality for Your Family

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How to Ensure Superb Water Quality for Your Family

Water is the basis of life, and it’s one of the primary fuels that keep us healthy and active. That’s why it’s imperative to have a source of clean superb water available at all times. If you suspect the water you and your family use are not according to standards, here’s what you can do to ensure the optimal water quality for your loved ones.

How your home’s water quality affects your family

Drinking polluted water can have serious health consequences. Some of the most common contaminants in your water are bacteria, arsenic, and lead. Bacteria in your water can come from many sources, and in small amounts, they are not harmful at all. But, if the coliform bacteria, which comes from human or animal waste, gets into your water, it can cause diarrhea, gastroenteritis and urinary tract infections.

Arsenic that can be found in your water is usually not toxic, but in large amounts and over a period of time, it can cause arsenic poisoning. The most dangerous contaminant in your water is lead that usually gets into your water from old pipes and plumbing. It can cause serious health problems, especially to young children.

Get the right information

To best protect your family, you need to know what types of water contaminants are actually present in your water. To ensure your water quality, you can get a test kit.  For some more reliable results, hire a laboratory that will give you concrete and objective results. You can also ask around the neighborhood and see if some of your neighbors have already done similar tests. Once you gather the information, you can start making your water cleaner.

Change the pipes

Even though we like to blame the water plant for the wrong quality of our water, the problem is most likely with our pipes and not at the water mill. Because of that, your next step should be to find out what kind of pipes carry the water to your household. What you can do is change some old and rusty lead pipes and replace them with other materials that suit you best.

Choose your water filters

After you’ve tested your water and replaced your pipes, you can start thinking about water filters. There are two main types of water filtration systems. Furthermore, you can determine which type suits you best based on your water tests. For instance, activated carbon filters can filter certain types of chemicals and sediment that can cause kidney stones. They can also remove chlorine and other compounds that give your water that unpleasant smell.

There are other options, such as the reverse osmosis filter system, which removes a broad range of water pollutants, produces great-tasting water and, last but not least, comes with an affordable price tag. Also, you might need to consider putting up different types of filters in different areas of your home for optimal protection.

Make all water sources safe

Even though you get most of your drinking water from your kitchen sink. You can consume water in different ways. Human skin can actually absorb a lot for water, so you should think about setting up filters in your shower and bathroom sinks, too. And if you have a pool, you’ll need to find a way of disinfecting and purifying it as well.

Even though our water quality is getting poorer thanks to pollution and environmental changes, there are also many new ways we can ensure the water we drink is of the best possible quality. All you need to do is do some research, make a few corrections in your home, get some high-quality filters and soon your water will again be the source of health for you and your family.

by Lillian Connors

Sources:

  1. http://www.goodhousekeeping.com/health-products/a18919/water-tests/

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