Your local water utility uses chlorine to disinfect the water supply to your home, which is a good thing. But chlorine’s taste and odor may be irritating and unpleasant, in which case you may choose to filter it out of your drinking water with a pitcher filter, in-line refrigerator filter, undersink system or whole home filter system.
Whether you’re on a well or city water supply, microbial cysts such as giardia and cryptosporidium can make their way into your home’s water, causing potentially severe gastrointestinal illness. Every EcoPure undersink filtration system is certified to reduce cysts (not all brands are). An EcoPure undersink system installed in your kitchen and bathrooms can keep dangerous cysts out of your home’s drinking water.
Chemicals and pollutants
Pesticides, herbicides and fertilizer can leach into groundwater from agricultural runoff. Industrial pollutants emitted from nearby factories, underground fuel tanks, landfills and vehicles can also end up in your home’s water supply. These chemicals—including nitrates, MTBEs, VOCs such as benzene, and mercury—have the potential to cause serious health problems. Fortunately, they can be removed from your home’s drinking water with an undersink reverse osmosis system or a dual-stage filtration system.
Lead can get into your home’s water on its way from the treatment plant or your well, typically from corrosion in older pipes. Lead is a toxic metal known to be harmful to humans if ingested. If testing reveals the presence of lead in your drinking water, you can remove it with a water filtration system certified for reducing lead.
Pharmaceuticals, including antibiotics and hormones, are getting past water treatment plants and are making their way into the water supply. Activated carbon, which is present in many undersink filtration systems, reduces pharmaceuticals to varying degrees, but actual removal is not currently regulated.
If your water is cloudy and unappealing, it may be due to a high level of dissolved solids. The dissolved solids found in water range from naturally occurring salts and metals to synthetic and volatile organic chemicals from urban, industrial or agricultural runoff and from septic systems. Radioactive contaminants in your water are also a possibility.
If you have chlorine-treated municipal water, the cloudiness could be from chlorine interacting with organic matter to create a disinfection by-product.
Not only can these contaminants affect the taste and appearance of your water and beverages made with water, they may be harmful to your health. An undersink reverse osmosis filtration system can take care of the problem.