If you are concerned about your water quality, installing a water purification system sounds like a no-brainer. All water purification systems are designed to clean your water, but there is more to finding the right solution than meets the eye. Water treatment systems are not one-size-fits-all appliances. Plenty of factors will determine the most suitable method for your home's specific water treatment needs.
Here is a simple guide to choosing the best water treatment system.
Have Your Water Tested
Testing your water will tell you whether you really need a water treatment system and the most suitable to select. A professional water treatment company can test your water for possible impurities.
Bear in mind that the quality of your water can vary over short periods of times so before settling for a water treatment system, you might want to have at least two water quality tests taken a few months apart. Water tests typically seek to identify the presence of contaminants such as E. coli, Coliform bacteria, organic and inorganic chemicals, arsenic, metals, lead and copper, nitrite, and hardness.
Determine Your Treatment Goals
It is essential to understand that not all treatment solutions will remove all the contaminants found in your water. Once you know what is in your water, you can find a treatment system that will eliminate specific impurities.
Overall, the most critical goal should be to eliminate the identified contaminants to bring them to a level below the threshold set by your local water authority. You should also aim for removal of viruses and cysts, and complete disinfection of your water for bacteria such as E.Coli.
Compare Water Treatment Options
Another factor that will determine the right water treatment system for you is the amount of water you want to treat. Several options are available including simple countertop filters, portable water pitchers, reverse osmosis filters, and filters for specific faucets around the house—these are known as point of use systems (POU). Reverse osmosis systems are the best if you want to reduce fluoride, nitrate, lead, and copper.
On the other hand, there are bigger water treatment systems for bigger volumes of water. These are aptly known as whole-house or point of entry (POE) systems, and they treat the water as it enters your home. The system is typically installed close to the municipal water meter or the storage tank if you have a water well. POE systems include water softeners, taste, odor, chlorine and debris filters, and UV microbiological solutions.
Find Out If The System Is Certified
Before buying a water treatment system, check that it is certified to meet your particular treatment goals. Remember, each system is designed to eliminate specific impurities. Certification shows that the system is not only effective in removing impurities but is also safe.
It is an added benefit if your water treatment contractor has employed certified staff. Even though the credentialing process is voluntary, staff certification is an indication of your contractor's level of expertise and their dedication to high professional standards.
Factor In Maintenance and Operational Costs
Water treatment systems require regular maintenance for efficient operation. The cost of operating some systems is considerably lower than it is for others. Typical expenses include disinfecting the water treatment unit, removing scale buildups, replacing filters, backwashing, purchasing treatment chemicals, and wastewater disposal. Knowing about the maintenance and operational costs will help you make practical decisions when selecting a water treatment solution.
If you are unsure of the quality of your water, the best course of action is to get the water tested to determine whether you need a water treatment solution.
Contact AquaTec Water Conditioning to have our staff test your water and recommend the best treatment solutions to ensure that your water is pure, nourishing and safe for you and your family.