Potable Water Quality ConcernsA softener will not solve every water quality concern in your home. Even if your water is soft, it may still be contaminated in ways that are unsuitable for drinking and cooking purposes. * Typical homeowner water quality concerns beyond hardness include:
- Turbidity, cloudiness
- Sediment particles
- Chlorine taste & odor
- Other aesthetic and health related issues that we could go and on with
The Potable Water Solution?Homeowners typically pursue one of two whole house options:
- Purchase bottled water from outside the home
- Filter/treat water from inside the home
Bottled Versus Tap WaterIsn’t bottled water safer than tap water? No, not necessarily. The National Research Defense Council (NRDC) conducted a four year review of the bottled water industry and the safety standards that govern it, including a comparison of national bottled water rules with national tap water rules, and independent testing of over 1,000 bottles of water. Their conclusion was that there is no assurance that just because water comes out of a bottle it is any cleaner or safer than water from the tap. And in fact, an estimated 25% or more of bottled water is really just tap water in a bottle. Sometimes further treated, sometimes not. To ensure that your bottled water is safe, check to see that the product is independently certified. National Sanitation Foundation (NSF) International is a not for profit, non governmental organization that provides product certification and safety audits for the food and water industries. Look for the NSF mark on the label or visit www.nsf.org to verify the certification of your favorite brands of bottled water.
Save Money!A single 20 ounce bottle of water costing $1.50 would pay for about 1,000 gallons of municipal water. That is enough to fill the same bottle every day for 13 years. If you drink eight glasses of water each day, the amount most health experts advise, you will spend about .49 cents per year for drinking tap water. If you buy the same amount of bottled water, it will cost about $1,400 per year, or 2,900 times more.
Protect the Environment!
- Americans used 50 billion plastic water bottles last year. 40 billion of these bottles ended up in landfills according to http://www.fastcompany.com.
- Nearly 90% of water bottles are not recycled and end up in landfills where it takes thousands of years for plastic to decompose according to www.treehugger.com.
- The 29 billion plastic bottles manufactured in the U.S. each year require the equivalent of more than 17 million barrels of crude oil to produce, according to The Week.
- To distribute the bottled water that is hauled to and from within the U.S. each week, requires the equivalent of 37,800 18-wheel trucks. We found this information atwww.fastcompany.com.