Tap water has been in Western world’s homes since the 19th century. In early urban centers, tap water was a huge improvement over wells, springs, and other sources of water. Cities before the modern period were located on old pre-industrial sites often near significant bodies of water. These bodies of water were and still are of questionable purity.
Water nowadays is purified in different ways throughout its life cycle to get to your faucet. Municipal water can be pulled from large freshwater sources like lakes, pumped out of the ground from deep aquifers, channeled down systems of reservoirs, travel across mountains in aqueducts, and now with desalination plants, pumped right out of the ocean. Often screened at the source to keep fish, and large items out of the new water supply, the water is subjected to increasingly fine filtration systems.
This can be accomplished by taking a water sample and having it analyzed by a certified water evaluation company. Different localities have unique water supply systems. You may have a high chemical content or bacteria count that you need to address that others do not. You may find a water filter manufacture that will offer to design a system based on your water test results for you but be aware they will be looking for you to purchase a system from them.
Water filter installation instructions
Your system will come with installation instructions and will guide you through the installation process. It will specify what tools you will need to do the installation. It should be said that this blog recommends you to use a certified plumber from your area, plumbing can be difficult and should be installed by a professional.
Water passed through sub-straights of gravel, sand, it is often treated with chlorine, a component of bleach, and in many western countries, and very common in North America, fluoride is added to the water. Water once passed through all these treatments, is then pumped to distribution systems, often of varying age. It is at this point water can pick up impurities or contaminants. Old pipes soldered with amalgams containing lead, can leach lead into the water supply, copper can likewise leach out of copper pipes and joints. These items are of low toxicity in the concentration of tap water, but are known health risks.
One option to solve the problem of old pipes or the other factors that contribute to contaminants is the use of in line water filter. They can be bought from a plumbing store or an online store specializing in filtration systems.