The pros and cons of filtered water
Everyone deserves clean water, but sometimes the water we think is clean isn’t. The good news is that you can buy water filters at almost any grocery store these days and if you are really concerned about drinking clean water, you can even install a filtration system in your home.
But does filtered water make a difference? And what do you need to know before jumping headfirst into the filtration game?
1. Chlorine free
Chlorine is added to drinking water to help kill parasites, bacteria and viruses. The CDC considers everything less than 4 milliliters of chlorine per liter drinking water suitable for consumption. However, that doesn’t mean you should drink chlorine. Potential side effects from chlorine consumption include asthma, development of food allergies, birth defects, cancer of the bladder and rectum, and unpleasant odor and taste of water.
Filtering chlorine from your drinking water allows you to enjoy the benefits of chlorinated drinking water without having to consume the chemical.
2. Kills Bad Bacteria
Just because you can’t see the bacteria doesn’t mean they aren’t there. A the distillation unit can kill bacteria in drinking water, which helps reduce the risk of getting sick. It’s important to point out that not all filtration systems kill bacteria, so be sure to get a distillation unit if you’re concerned about that. Alternatively, you can also boil the water after passing it through the filter.
3. Tastes and smells better
Tap water doesn’t have the best reputation when it comes to taste. Some cities (like New York) are famous for their delicious tap water, but other cities aren’t so lucky. The water tastes metallic, bland and unappetizing. The first thing you’ll notice when you switch to filtered water is that it tastes better. Water tastes crisp, fresh and noticeably cleaner. You may also notice that it smells better (meaning it doesn’t smell at all, hopefully).
4. Reduces limescale
Limestone is not inherently dangerous, it simply means that the water is rich in minerals. If you take a peek inside your electric kettle, you’ll likely find it covered in flaky white gunk. Again, it’s not dangerous, but it’s annoying to clean, and you’ll probably appreciate not having to remove limescale from your kettle every month or so. Soft water is considered the best option, so it’s best to filter out hard minerals and limestone when possible.
Installing a filtration system in your home usually costs around $2,000. Even though a good filtration system can last for years, it’s still a lot of money to pay upfront. For some, buying bottled water every week for three years is more financially viable than spending several thousand at once.
If you decide to buy a jug equipped with a filter, you will need to replace the filter every 1 to 3 months. However, it may also not be financially viable for some people.
2. Plastic filters
While using a filter is a great way to reduce bottled water consumption and the plastic waste that comes with it, you will still need to buy plastic filters regularly. If you are trying to be careful with waste, we recommend using an integrated water filtration system.
There are many benefits to filtered water. If you’re able to commit to buying a filtration system or replacement filters, filtering your water is a great way to ensure you’re drinking only clean, purified H2O. It may be expensive at first, but it’s worth the investment.
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