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Tuesday, December 18, 2012
Industrial zones present special problems of water cleanliness for those living in or near them. Contaminants can find their way into the water supply in a variety of ways – due to leakage of storage tanks or pipes, runoff from manufacturing areas during rainstorms, or out and out dumping of hazardous chemicals by unscrupulous companies. In these situations, a whole house water filter may be the best choice for keeping your water supply clean and fresh.
   
The reason why a whole house water filter is a good idea for a home located near heavy industry is that there are so many possible routes of waterborne contamination. Though filtering your drinking and cooking water will help, this means that you are still exposed to all the unseen chemicals in the water supply every time you bathe or brush your teeth.
   
Human skin is fairly porous to many dangerous chemicals, unfortunately, and since bathing exposes most of your body surface to warmth and moisture – both of which tend to soften the skin and dilate pores – you are most vulnerable to absorption precisely at the moment when large amounts of potentially contaminated water are flowing over your body.
   
Industrial contaminants can also be absorbed when you brush your teeth or wash your hands. Some chemicals may even emerge from the standing water in your toilet as a gas, subtly affecting your health. In short, any unfiltered water that enters your home in the vicinity of chemical-intensive industrial process is a potential source of problems.
   
The solution is to ensure that no water enters your house without being filtered completely on its way in. Whole house water filters provide a somewhat expensive, but highly effective and reliable way of accomplishing this goal. The typical whole house water filter is a pitcher-sized cylinder containing a large capacity filtration cartridge. The filter is attached inline to the water supply pipe carrying water into the home. A section of pipe is cut out and the filter is placed permanently into the space, connected up with short lengths of pipe. The filter cartridge must be replaced every quarter, six months, or year depending on the specific model you buy and how much water you use.
   
Some whole house filters are much bigger, and cost thousands of dollars. These filters are large upright metal cylinders four or five feet high with huge beds of filtration media stacked one above another. In this case, filtration is usually so complete that no additional point of use filters are needed elsewhere in the building – there is no need for drinking water filters on the sinks, for example, or for shower filters in the shower stall.
   
These are extremely serious filters and cost far more than the $80 to $200 that a smaller inline whole house filter costs, but are worth it for those who can afford them and live in an area where intensive filtration of every drop of water is a “must” dictated by industrial-grade contamination.


by: Chris Tracey

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