Tap water is safe, right? Well, if you live in the United States, chances are that it’s fairly safe. After all, the US has some of the best water treatment facilities in the world, and our government does its best to stay abreast of new developments and emerging contaminants. However, no system is perfect, and water is a very difficult thing to control. It has a way of picking up contaminants as it goes, due to its status as a very strong solvent. Not only that, but many of the treatment methods that we use, and the distribution systems that we employ, can add contaminants into the water.
For example, there are still roughly 9.4 million leads pipes still in use in the United States. Once prized for its malleability, which made it easy to shape and contour around obstacles in pipe form, lead has long since been recognized as one of the most dangerous substances in the world, especially for the brains and bodies of developing children. Lead pipes are often still considered safe, due to anti-corrosion chemicals, like orthophosphate, that are added to city water supplies to keep lead in the pipes, rather than in our water. However, as the Flint Michigan crisis demonstrated, things can go very wrong.
To protect yourself and your family, and gain peace of mind about your drinking water supply, consider a reverse osmosis system. Easy to install and maintain, RO systems typically combine a few different types of filters, namely sediment, carbon, and reverse osmosis, to protect you against a wide range of contaminants, from lead to PFAs to disinfectant by-products. There are tens of thousands of different water contaminants, but fortunately most can be controlled effectively. The combination of physical and chemical filtration employed in a system like this covers as many bases as possible in the smallest amount of space.
By installing the system under your sink, you are ensuring that you are getting the freshest water possible–straight from the source point, before the water can be contaminated by any suspect pipes, exposure to air or soil, and so forth. RO membranes were designed to remove dissolved salt from seawater, and filters on a molecular level, blocking the passage of dangerous compounds, ions, parasites, cysts, minerals, and microplastics.
RO systems do have some downsides, though. Since the pores of the membrane are incredibly small in order to keep dissolved solids out of your tap, these systems produce waste water, which must be routed directly into your drain pipe. RO water can also taste flat, since so much mineral content has been removed. If you don’t like the taste, consider adding on an alkaline, or remineralizing filter, to get healthful calcium and magnesium back into your water.
It doesn’t take much time or money to start reaping the health benefits of clear, purified water. With so many contaminants, both recognized and emerging, threatening our health, this is one easy step you can take.