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Wednesday, June 29, 2011
There are several types of natural disasters that can cause water treatment plants to go offline. Earthquakes, tornadoes, hurricanes, and floods are only a few of the natural disasters that cause loss of safe drinking water to homes and families. Knowing how to filter water during natural disasters can save lives!

How to Filter Water During Emergencies: Never Assume!

Never assume that water is safe to ingest if your area has been hit by a natural disaster. This is especially important in disasters such as flooding which can easily contaminate the water supply.

If your water is still coming out of the tap, ensure that you keep informed via the local news. Water treatment plants will shut down their pumps if they believe the integrity of the supply system has been compromised, but they may not know this immediately! It is in your best interest to take precautions until you know for certain that the water is safe.

How to Filter Water During Emergencies: Purifiers vs Filters

It is also important to understand the difference between water filters and water purifiers. Purifiers are commonly produced as tablets and are placed into containers of suspect water. They are very effective at disinfecting water, making it safe to drink. They do not, however, physically clean the water of debris or sediment. That is what water filters do.

Some water filters that are available today will also disinfect the water as they remove the physical debris. Consumers should understand that only those water filters that are rated as disinfectants will kill bacteria. Not all water filters can do this.

How to Filter Water During Natural Disasters: Tips

In many disasters, consumers will lose electric power. Any water filtering system that depends on electricity to function will, of course, be useless. The good news is there are several water filtering devices available today that do not rely on electric power to operate. Most of these work using gravity to pull the water through the filter media. Others may use a small hand-operated pump to force the water through the media.

If no water filter is available, consumers can boil suspect water which will kill off bacteria and other types of organisms. It is important to allow the water to remain at a full boil for at least three minutes. Any water that you plan to ingest, even collected rainwater, should be boiled before drinking, if other purification methods are not available.

You can find quality emergency water filters and water purification tablets online. It is always better to have these in place at home before an emergency occurs.

by: Chris Tracey

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Monday, June 27, 2011
What is NSF? This is an important question for anyone looking to purchase a new water filter for home or office use. It is important more so today than ever before because of counterfeit water filters, and sub-standard water filters, proliferating the marketplace.

The basic answer to the question: what is NSF? The NSF is a not-for-profit, non-governmental organization that provides standards, product certification, education, auditing, and risk assessment and management for public health and safety. The initials stand for National Sanitation Foundation, and it was founded in 1944. It is headquartered in Ann Arbor, Michigan and serves in over 100 countries.

While the NSF studies many different products, it also studies water filters. The organization provides extensive product testing and analysis on a variety of water filters. It is the only testing organization that goes through a complete evaluation of every product process from start to finish before awarding its certification. As you might imagine, earning the NSF certification is a difficult process and only the best products achieve that certification.

Once a product has earned its certification it must still produce the product at a very high level of quality as the NSF does routine inspections on all products it certifies. They will perform on-site inspections as well to ensure manufacturers are obtaining the highest level of standards for their water filter systems.

If a product fails to meet one or more of the NSF certification criteria, they can and do take action including product recalls, notification to the public, or de-certification.

For those looking for quality water filters this is crucial. Any water filtering system that makes a claim it can perform a certain task must be tested and proven to actually perform that task before the NSF will award its certification. When consumers see the NSF certification notice on a water filter they can be confident that the device will do what it says it can do.

Knowing what is NSF certified and what is not can help consumers buy the best quality water filters and help them avoid being ripped off  by counterfeits and sub-standard devices. It is more important now than ever before to make sure that the water filters you buy will perform the tasks they say they will. It is not uncommon for some brands to make promises in their advertising literature that they simply cannot keep. The NSF certification is your guarantee that you are getting a quality product.

by: Chris Tracey

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Friday, June 24, 2011
When it comes to safe drinking water, those who drink from private wells must be aware of the possibility of contamination. Well water, which if privately owned, does not, by law, have to be treated for bacteria or mineral removal. This can lead to serious health issues if the water becomes contaminated. Well water contamination can occur naturally, or it may occur because of human activity.

Some of the most common ways that private well water can become contaminated include:

Microorganisms are perhaps the most well-known way that private well water contamination occurs. These include parasites, certain types of bacteria, viruses, and other organisms that are often found in ground water. It should be known that shallow wells are most susceptible to this type of contamination.

Well water can also become contaminated after a run off event which can take place after heavy rains, flooding, or snow melts. This free flowing water can carry and introduce bacteria or chemicals into the well water, often without the owner knowing it.

In some parts of the country, heavy metals can be found in well water. Heavy metals can pose a significant health risk to those who ingest it, especially in children and seniors. Underground rocks and soils may contain arsenic, lead, selenium, chromium, cadmium, and various other types of metals.

For those who live in rural areas, fertilizers and certain types of pesticides can also contaminate well water. When fertilizers or pesticides come into contact with rain water or snow melt, they can mix with the water and flow into the well itself or seep into the well through the soil. Some brands of fertilizers contain nitrogen. This nitrogen may become nitrate when it is combined with oxygen.

As for nitrate, higher levels of nitrate are generally brought about because of human activity. This can occur if a feeding pen or animal waste area is located too close to the well or above the well’s source flow. In addition, fertilizer run off, septic tanks, and several other types of nitrate sources can also lead to contamination. Water that is high in nitrate content can be very hazardous to children, women who are pregnant as well as to the fetus.

Because of more intense laws governing industrial discharges, discharge of industrial waste into well water has actually gone down over the years. However, it must be kept in mind that not all industrial owners will follow the law. This means this type of waste can, and does, get into private well water at times.

Underground storage tanks are another source of well water contamination if they should leak. The most dangerous of these tanks are those that store gasoline or other types of fuel. Many of these tanks were left in place as gas stations closed down or were abandoned in the past. Also, some above-ground storage tanks, such as those commonly seen on many farms, may also leak over time, thus posing a risk to any local well water.

Because protecting your well water is so important to you and to your family, homeowners should consider installing high-quality, in-home water filters. These water filters can remove a variety of contaminates and do so as the water enters the home.

For information on protecting your well water from contamination, contact a reliable water filter vendor and discuss your needs. There are currently a wide variety of solutions to meet any budget.


by: Chris Tracey

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Wednesday, June 22, 2011
In 2011, the US was slammed with hundreds of tornadoes, nationwide. These massive storms caused havoc and took scores of lives. In addition to the destruction they caused, they also damaged many water sources and water delivery systems. Because loss of safe drinking water can cause illness and death, it is important that all consumers be prepared in case they, too, lose access to safe drinking water.

Tornadoes are only one natural disaster that can cause water treatment plants to go offline. Hurricanes, floods, and snow storms can also cause households to lose their incoming water supply. The good news is there are options consumers can take now to be better prepared in case an emergency occurs.

Chemical Water Purifiers

Water purifiers are not the same as water filters. Water purifiers are normally sold as tablets which are placed into the water itself. These chemical water purifying tablets are considered highly effective in killing bacteria and viruses. Because of their size, they are very portable.

Chemical water purifiers will not remove what is known as organic material unless an additional device, such as a portable water filter, is also used However, it is important to realize that it is the bacteria and viruses in water that make people sick and these chemical purifiers will kill off the vast majority of organisms found in water.

Non-Chemical Water Filters

Another way to get safer drinking water in an emergency is to use non-chemical water filters. This can be done by filtering the water through an effective electrostatic charged material. Most of these devices use either a small pump or they work through simple gravity feed.

Today, consumers can find these types of emergency water filters as part of water bottle devices. In other words, the filter is part of the water bottle itself. Many of these filters are capable of eliminating bacteria and organisms that iodine or chlorine does not kill.

Boiling Water

Lastly, boiling water will kill off bacteria and organisms. It is important that the water be brought to a full boil and allowed to remain boiling for at least three minutes. It is often a good idea to strain the water through a handkerchief or other similar porous material before boiling. This will remove a great deal of any debris that may be in the water. Keep in mind that straining does not kill off or remove harmful bacteria.

A good solution for consumers is to have a combination of water purification tablets as well as a portable water filter system as part of their emergency supply kit.

by: Chris Tracey

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Monday, June 20, 2011
For most people, drinking water treatment takes place at their local water treatment plant. The goals of the drinking water treatment plant include (but are not limited to): removing sediment and particulate matter, disinfection, fluoridation, and delivery of the finished product to storage tanks.

Most people do not realize how much work and how much science goes into the process of drinking water treatment. The reason for all this work and science is simple: the water released from treatment plants must meet current EPA guidelines which set out maximum levels for a variety of water issues. Also, states may impose stricter guidelines on their water treatment plants as well. The water released from treatment plants is constantly tested both at the plant as well as in the field.

The manner in which your drinking water is treated depends on several factors. The first factor is whether or not the source water comes from a open source such as river or lake or from an underground aquifer. Water that comes from under the earth often contains more mineral content, such as iron and manganese, than water that is taken from an open source. Conversely, water taken from an open source often has more bacteria in it than well water. In each case, the treatment plant must adjust its processes and chemistry to address the individual needs of the water they bring into for treatment.

Virtually all incoming water will be given a pre-treatment to disinfect it. This is often done with chlorine, but other disinfectants can be used. After this pre-disinfection is performed, the water is often treated with alum, or aluminum sulfate. Alum causes the fine particulate matter in the water to "bunch" together. Once the matter gets to a certain size, it will be heavy enough to fall to the bottom of what are called settling tanks.

This settling process will remove a great deal of the unwanted material from the water but not all of it. The water then goes through a filtering process which often involves filtering the water through a deep sand and anthracite filter. From here the water goes into a storage tank where it is then pumped out into the system, after it is given another injection of disinfectant and a small dose of fluoride (in some locations).

All through this drinking water treatment process, the plant will test for various contaminants such as iron and manganese. If needed, the plant will begin treatment processes to remove those contaminants from the water.

Periodically, usually once a month, the water company will send out technicians to test the water in the field. This testing is required by law and the results of these field tests must be recorded and sent to both the state and the EPA. If problems are found, notification to customers is often mandatory, but can be slow in coming, with water companies often given 30 days to notify its customers.

For this reason, many consumers are installing in-home water filters to better protect their drinking water as it comes into the home. The combination of drinking water treatment from the plant with the use of an in-home water filer gives consumers the best possible defense against contaminated water.

by: Chris Tracey

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Friday, June 17, 2011
Before buying in-home water filters, consumers should understand the water filtration methods used by these systems. By knowing in advance what you need, you can make a much better buying decision.

When it comes to water filtration methods, consumers have several options:

The Carbon Water Filtration Method

Systems that use this technique will force the incoming water through a cartridge of carbon. The carbon contains certain resins that will attract and capture impurities. Many models are available that attach directly to the faucet, making them easy to install. They can also be installed under the sink. Smaller carafe water filters will often use this water filtration method as well.

Reverse Osmosis

Reverse osmosis will remove a great deal of contaminants from incoming water. As a water filtration method, it is one of the most effective. It does this by forcing the incoming water under pressure through a semi-permeable membrane. It should be known, however, they use about three times as much water as is treated. This can result in higher water bills. They are very effective at removing chemical pollutants as well as organisms which can be harmful to humans. For those concerned about pharmaceuticals in the water, this is your best option for removal of those potentially dangerous chemicals.

Water Distillers

Water distillers are not used by many consumers as a water filtration method because they are not practical for most households. They work by boiling the incoming water and collecting the condensed vapor. The heat kills harmful microbes, but has no effect on any type of chemical component that may be in water. In other words, they do not remove iron, chlorine, fluoride, etc. Also, for many people the taste of distilled water is unpalatable, often referred to as tasting "flat".

One of the best ways to make the right decision is to first know what it is that you want the water filter to do for you. If you want to remove substances such as chlorine or fluoride, then look for a water filtration method that will remove those substances. Not all water filters will do that. Likewise, if you need to remove iron or hardness, look for systems that have been designed and tested effective at removing that type of material.

If you are still not sure which types of water filtration methods will solve your problem, contact a reliable vendor and ask for advice. Most of these professionals will be happy to assist you and many can be found online.

by: Chris Tracey

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Wednesday, June 15, 2011
Knowing how to remove bacteria from drinking water can be essential to your well-being and health. This is especially true in times of emergency when safe drinking water may not be available. Drinking water that is contaminated can lead to a variety of health issues including: dysentery, cholera, hepatitis, and typhoid to name a few.

Consumers should understand that bacteria and other organisms found in drinking water are some of the most harmful contaminants known to mankind and sicken and kill thousands of people each year. It is imperative that you know how to remove bacteria from drinking water before you ingest it.

If you are faced with a natural disaster and must disinfect your own water, the best option is commercially produced water purification tablets. These chemical tablets are effective at killing bacteria, thus making it safe to drink. It is important that you follow the directions to the letter and that you allow the treated water to sit for the required time before ingesting.

You can also boil the water to kill bacteria and other organisms. Make sure you allow the water to remain at a full, roiling boil for at least three minutes. While boiling water to remove bacteria may seem old fashioned, it is still one of the most effective ways to disinfect suspect water.

Consumers may also want to look into purchasing an emergency water filter for use during times of natural disasters or loss of water supply. It is imperative that consumers understand, however, that not all water filters will disinfect water. Many water filters are designed to only remove mineral content or other elements such as fluoride or chlorine. Do not use this type of water filter if you need to disinfect your water.

Now, the good news is there are other types of water filters that are effective at disinfecting water. These water filters will list disinfection as part of their capabilities. Many of these are designed for use in emergency conditions and work without electricity.

Also under the topic of how to remove bacteria from drinking water is the use of chlorine bleach. In case of an emergency, you may have to resort to using unscented, household chlorine bleach to disinfect your water. Use two drops of bleach for each one quart of water. Mix the solution well and allow to sit for 30 minutes before ingesting. When using this method, you should be able to detect a slight chlorine taste in the water. If you do not, add one more drop to the water and allow to stand for another 30 minutes. The residual taste of chlorine shows that all bacteria has been removed, leaving a little of the chlorine left over, which is what you taste.

by: Chris Tracey

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Monday, June 13, 2011
What is reverse osmosis? This is a good question, often asked by those looking for quality water filtration systems. Reverse osmosis, also known as RO water filters, are used globally to help clean and improve the quality of drinking water. Here are some facts to help answer the question: what is reverse osmosis?

Generally, a reverse osmosis water filtration system will contain some form of sediment filter that is used to capture particles such as rust and calcium carbonate. Another filter, with smaller pores, is then used to capture even smaller particles. An activated carbon filter is also used to trap certain chemicals and chlorine, both of which can be harmful to the RO membrane if they get to it.

In order for a reverse osmosis system to perform properly, the incoming water must be under some level of pressure. For many units the pressure needs to be around 40 psi or so. It is this pressure that forces the incoming water through the various membranes and filters.

What is Reverse Osmosis: Membrane size matters!

In quality RO water filter units, the membrane pore sizes can vary from 0.1 nanometres to 5,000 nanometres, depending on filter type. As a general rule, particle filtration sizes remove particles of 1 micrometre or larger. Micro-filtration will remove particles that are 50 nm or larger. For particles 3 nm and largert, ultra-filtration is used and nano-filtration will remove particles of 1 nm or larger. At this point, reverse osmosis comes into play, known as hyper-filtration, and it can remove particles larger than 0.1 nm.

Consumers who are interested in installing reverse osmosis water filters should do some research before purchasing. Read the literature concerning the pore sizes as well as the needed pressure requirements. In order for RO water filters to perform correctly, chlorine must be removed from the incoming water before it reaches the membranes. Make sure the unit you buy can do this.

Lastly, understand that while reverse osmosis water filters are considered some of the most effective means of cleaning water, they do use a lot of water during processing. This can mean higher water bills if you get your incoming water from a municipal source.

by: Chris Tracey

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Friday, June 10, 2011
Choosing the right iron water filters should not be a haphazard affair. The type of iron problem you have will determine the types of iron water filters that will solve your individual problems. Here is some unbiased information to help you make the best choice.

First, it should be known that iron itself in your drinking water does not normally pose a health risk. The color and taste of water with high iron concentration is unpleasant though which is why most consumers want to get rid of it. This same iron, however, can cause problems with your plumbing, water heater, and cause staining on kitchen and bathroom fixtures.

In order to choose the best iron water filters for your needs, you should first have the water tested by a certified lab. The lab can tell you exactly what type of iron you have in your water as well as the amount of iron in the water. These are important facts to know. Many labs can also advise you on the best treatment options for your particular level of iron contamination.

The next step is to figure out how much water you use in the house each month. This can be found on your water bill. You may want to take an average over a full year to get a better estimate. You need to know the amount of water entering the house in order to buy an iron water filter that will be capable of handling at least that much intake without having to have its filter media changed too often.

Changing the filter media can become expensive if your iron water filter system is too small for the amount of water coming into the house. It is more economical, in the long run, to purchase a larger filtering system that will require fewer media changes than it is to buy a cheaper smaller unit and have to change the media twice or three times as much during a year.

Generally speaking, clear-water iron will require a water softener in order to remove it. On the other hand, red-water iron should be removed using a manganese greensand filter or other type of iron water filter that is designed specifically for red-water iron.

It is important that consumers treat their iron problem as soon as they can. Iron in water can, over time, cause many expensive problems as mentioned above. Not only can it stain your fixtures beyond repair but it can also clog up and rust faucets, shower heads, outdoor watering systems, and sprinklers. By installing the best iron water filters you can prevent these problems from happening in the first place.

by: Chris Tracey

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Tuesday, June 7, 2011
Most consumers already understand the health hazards associated with ingesting the chemical lead. The use of lead water filters is one way to reduce or eliminate the possibility of ingesting lead from drinking water. This can be especially important for some consumers who may have this dangerous chemical in their water and not even know it.

Using lead water filters is especially important for households that live in older homes or older structures. It was not until 1978 that lead was banned from use in paints and not until 1986 that it was banned from use in plumbing. It is plumbing that we are concerned with here.

As just mentioned, lead can be found in older plumbing. The main ways lead gets into the plumbing is through lead pipes and lead soldering, both of which were common in the past. Many older buildings still have these lead risks inside the structure.

If lead it present in pipes or soldering, it can leech out into the drinking water and be ingested. Lead is usually odorless and colorless and so you may not know you are drinking it. Lead can also get into drinking water through corrosion. Lead water filters will trap and remove the chemical before you ingest it.

Why is this important?

In simple terms, lead is toxic. Ingesting lead can cause severe damage to the nervous system, kidneys, hearing, and can also be responsible for lower IQ levels. Studies have shown it can also affect the reproductive process. As lead is ingested, its effects are cumulative, meaning they add up over time. For these reasons, removing lead from our drinking water is crucial for good health.

Do You Need Lead Water Filters?

Not all homes have a problem with lead in the drinking water. However, if you live in an older home or if you simply want to know for certain your water does not contain lead, you can purchase a lead testing kit to check your water.

If you discover that your home does have lead in the water supply, consider buying quality lead water filters and installing them on the taps. You can also purchase whole-house water filtering systems that will remove lead as well as a variety of other contaminants. The smaller, point of use lead water filters are very affordable and easy to install. Just make sure that the units you buy are capable of handling the level of lead that is in your particular water supply.

by: Chris Tracey

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Monday, June 6, 2011
Carbon filtration, in terms of water filters, is a very effective way to remove contaminants from water. The main component behind carbon filtration is, of course, carbon. The basic element has a very long history of being used to absorb various contaminants. Most people do not know it, but a single pound of carbon has an effective surface absorbent rate of over 100 acres. This is only one reason carbon filtration is so effective. There are more!

In addition to carbon filtration having such a large surface area in which to trap contaminants, activated carbon has a slight electro-positive charge added to it. This charge allows the carbon to be highly attractive to various impurities; think of a magnet attracting iron filings to get a better mental image. As the incoming water flows through the positively charged carbon surface, the negative ions that are common for contaminants are attracted to the carbon granules.

Carbon filtration water filters fall into two broad groups. The first uses granular activated carbon (GAC). The second group of water filters uses carbon blocks. Carbon block water filters have a higher contaminant removal ratio when compared to granular type water filters.

A typical counter-top or under-the-counter carbon filtration water filter uses 12 to 24 ounces of activated carbon. The type of carbon used varies, with the most common carbon types used in water filtration being bituminous, wood, and coconut shell carbons.

Coconut shell carbon costs more but is considered the most effective of the three.

Carbon filtration water systems are very popular in a number of home water treatment systems. These types of water filters can be found as either standalone filters which can reduce or eliminate bad tastes and odors. They can also eliminate or reduce chlorine, and many organic contaminants in municipal water supplies, resulting in improved drinking water. Carbon filtration systems can also be found as pre-treatment systems within reverse osmosis systems in which they reduce the level of several types of organic contaminants, chlorine, and other contaminants that can plug up the reverse osmosis membrane.

While carbon filtration units are very good at what they do, they do have some limitations. For instance, carbon filtration water filters do not work well in removing all dissolved inorganic substances. They are also not effective in removing minerals and certain types of salts that cause hard water. If your incoming water has issues with dissolved inorganic contaminants or hardness issues, consider using a reverse osmosis water filter or you may want to look into using KDF-55 or manganese greensand water filtering system.

Carbon filtration water filtering systems range in price, depending on the type of system being purchased. Whole-house systems will, of course, cost more than smaller stand-alone or point of use water filters.

Consumers who are interested in improving their drinking water and want to learn more about using carbon filtration systems should contact a reliable water filter vendor for more information. It is often important to discuss your individual needs before choosing a particular water filtering system.

by: Chris Tracey

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Friday, June 3, 2011
For those shopping for water filters, the word micron is often seen as part of the sales literature. But are water filter microns actually important when it comes to safe drinking water and water filters? The answer is yes!

When you understand water filter microns, you become a better informed consumer. As mentioned above, when you shop for water filters, regardless of size, you will almost certainly be presented with information on the devices filtration rate and efficiency. The size of the microns that the device will filter out from the water represents how effective it is at removing contaminants. Devices that filter out the smallest of substances (as measured in microns) will be more efficient than those that do not.

For instance, a water filter that is rated at 1 micron or less will remove both Cryptosporidium and Guardia from the water source. It will do this because these cysts are larger than 1 micron in size. While this may sound good, keep in mind that most viruses cannot be removed from the water unless the filter has been rated at least 0.01 microns.

The good news is that most high-quality water filters understand how important micron size is to safe drinking water and offer units that will handle most types of water. However, if your tap water is cloudy or has a lot of sediment in it, you will need to do a bit more research before selecting your water filter.

What is a water filter micron rating?

A water filter micron rating simply calculates the average size of the openings that are contained within the filter media itself. For instance, filters that have been rated at 40-microns will have much larger openings than filters that have been rated at 5-microns. With a 40-micron filter, more material will pass through (and thus into your drinking water) than a filter rated at 5 microns.

If you get your drinking or cooking water from a private well or other non-treated source, your decision as to what size water filter microns to get is very important. This is especially true if your water is murky or cloudy. If you have sediment or a cloudy appearance in your water, water filters with small micron openings will clog up fast. This happens because they are simply overloaded. Some of the particles that might come into the home include bits of sand, dirt, even small bits of stone. If this is the case at your home, consider using a pre-filter to strain out the bigger particles before you run the water through your smaller micron water filters.

A good option for most homes is the use of a two-stage water filtering system. The first stage will collect larger particles, while the second stage filters out bacteria and other contaminants. You can find devices online that contain this type of water filter micron set up easily.

by: Chris Tracey

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Thursday, June 2, 2011
There are many types of water filters on the market today. Knowing what they are, what they can do, and cannot do, will help consumers make the best buying decision. In general, the types of water filters available today include:

Carafe Water Filters:

For some consumers, the carafe water filter is a great option. The better brands will remove lead and chloroform from the water and do so without being too slow. Other brands, however, are not so efficient and should be avoided.

 The carafe type of water filter is fine for households with one or two people but they are not a good choice for larger households as they do not filter water fast enough to service a big household.

Faucet-Mounted Water Filters

These types of water filters are very popular today. They are easy to install, and depending on the type you purchase, they can remove a wide variety of contaminants from the incoming water. Many models will allow you to switch from filtered to unfiltered water, which is a bonus for most households as you do not need filtered water to, for instance, mop the floor.

Countertop Water Filters

 These types of water filters are great if you need to filter a larger amount of water, thus making them a good choice for families. They do not require any special installation other than screwing them into the faucet. Again, you want to match the type of water filter you buy to the needs of your particular water. For instance, if you want to remove chlorine from the incoming water, buy a water filter that can do that task. Not all of them do.

Under-Sink Water Filters

Under-sink water filters will process a lot of water and are a good choice for those who do not want to wait for their water to be filtered. This type of water filter must be plumbed into the existing water line, but that is not as difficult as one might think. Also, all water coming from the tap will be filtered water; you do not have the on-off option.

Reverse-Osmosis Water Filters

The reverse-osmosis water filter is the best choice for those who want to remove the most contaminants from their drinking water. These systems use household water pressure to pass water through a semi-permeable membrane. As such they are capable of removing a wide array of contaminants, including dissolved solids, fluoride and arsenic.

This type of water filter requires a bit of maintenance, including membrane replacement. They are not as fast at filtering as other types of water filters, but they do filter better.

Whole-House Water Filters

For many consumers, the whole-house water filter is the best solution for clean, fresh drinking water. This type of water filter allows all taps to deliver filtered water. It does require professional installation but, as just mentioned, they filter all of the incoming water. Depending on the model purchased, they can remove a wide variety of contaminants and are especially useful for households with iron or hard water problems.

by: Chris Tracey

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