POINT OF USE DRINKING WATER PURIFICATION
POINT OF USE DRINKING WATER PURIFICATION SYSTEMS
Reverse osmosis is a commonly used water purification technology for providing “point of use” (versus whole home) purified water. It is a membrane based technology that forces source water through a semi-permeable membrane with a pore size around 0.0005 micron. After water passes through a reverse osmosis membrane, it is essentially purified water. In addition to removing all organic molecules and potential viruses, the sediment and carbon filters included in a typical reverse osmosis system also removes unwanted chlorine and other sediment in the water. This is the same technology used in the bottling of Aquafina, Dasani and other bottled water brands. It’s like having your own mini bottled water factory!
A reverse osmosis water filtration system can easily correct most common water quality problems while providing high quality, purified water. The advanced drinking water purification systems are typically placed with a separate faucet at the sink. The purification and storage components can be installed either under-sink or in the basement, depending on your preference and what makes the most sense. If it is in the basement, there will be a line running up to the kitchen sink. In either case, a line can also be run to your refrigerator’s water dispenser and/or ice maker.
Sediment and Carbon Filtration is an alternative method of filtering drinking water. While not capable of providing the same level of purity that a reverse osmosis system can, it will greatly improve water quality, particularly on municipal water supplies. Chlorine, bad taste and odors are effectively removed with carbon filtration. These systems are smaller, two cartridge manifolded systems. They are typically installed under a kitchen sink or in the basement to feed a separate faucet at the kitchen sink, similar to a reverse osmosis system.
Municipal Water Supply vs. Private Well Water
City and town water departments are monitored by the U.S. EPA (Environmental Protection Agency) and are required to test and provide safe drinking water to its customers. The problem is trying to have a universal standard for different geographical areas. The quality levels, in terms of aesthetics and mineral content, vary from town to town. While municipal supplies are generally safe, there are limitations as to what your town can do to provide you with the level of water quality that you may personally desire.
Homeowners with private well water are essentially their own water utility. We highly recommend that you get an annual comprehensive water quality test from a state certified water laboratory. With run off, changing water tables, and other variables affecting underground water quality, it’s better to play it safe in protecting your family’s water supply. Installing a reverse osmosis system for your drinking water is another form of protection against possible contaminants that may affect your drinking water quality.
Pre-Construction Option: Central System To Feed Multiple Points of Use in the Home
During pre-construction, H2O Care Home can design a central reverse osmosis system capable of feeding multiple points of use throughout your home, including kitchen sinks, bathroom sinks, wet bars, refrigerator water and ice dispensers, etc.
Designer Faucets for Point of Use Drinking Water Purification Systems
H2O Care Home can install select designer faucets for use with your water purification systems. There is a wide variety to choose from.