Water is treated at the municipal level before it is sent to your home. This processing is reflected in your utility bill – including costs for chemical treatments and generic testing.
However, municipal water is treated with chlorine to kill harmful micro-organisms and aluminum to clump together particles.
The chlorine and aluminum used to treat the water is not stripped before delivery into the water system – despite studies showing over consumption of chlorine and exposure to aluminum can be harmful.
The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) regulates tap water in the U.S., but while there are legal limits on many of the contaminants permitted in municipal water supplies, more than half of the 300+ chemicals detected in U.S. drinking water are not regulated at all.
In addition to the added chlorine and aluminum, current treatment does not eliminate common toxins including chloride, lead, iron, arsenic, copper and hydrogen sulfide.
According to Paul Pestano, a research analyst with the Environmental Working Group (EWG), some of the legal limits may also be too lenient for safety.
Water utilities spend 19 times more on water treatment chemicals every year than the federal government invests in protecting lakes and rivers from pollution.
For several years, the EWG has argued that the federal government needs to perform a nationwide assessment of drinking water quality, and invest more to protect against water pollution, establish new safety standards and tell consumers about the full range of pollutants in their water.
As the government has not taken action on these initiatives, the EWG has created its own drinking water quality database, covering 48,000 communities in the U.S.
Among the top rated water utilities are Arlington, Texas, Providence, Rhode Island, and Forth Worth, Texas. At the bottom of the list are Pensacola, Florida, Riverside, California and Las Vegas, Nevada.
How Whole House Water Filtration Works
Whole house filtration systems work in several stages – using a series of filters, filtration media and water conditioners to pull damaging chemicals, minerals and toxins from the water as it enters your home water systems. One example is the HALO 5 system.
- Granular Activated Carbon (GAC) provides general removal of chlorine, chloramines, gases, dyes, fuels, heavy metals, man-made pollutants, disinfectants, pesticides and sodium hypochlorite. This first stage also removes undesirable tastes and odors as well as organic contaminants.
- High Activity Carbon (HAC) is designed specifically for the removal of chlorine. This stage captures any chlorine particles that escaped the GAC.
- Filter-AG Plus® & High Density Garnet Filter Media is an all-natural, environmentally safe media designed to reduce suspended matter. These stages will eliminate any remaining contaminants down to 10-20 microns in size.
- The HALO ION Inline Water Conditioner uses multi-reversing polarity to alter the molecular structure of dissolved calcium and magnesium. The change in charge causes hard water minerals that typically cause lime scale to stay suspended in the water rather than attaching to pipes and appliances.
Whole house filtration systems are designed to pull out damaging pollutants and chemicals before they hit your plumbing – while maintaining the minerals and overall health benefits you require.
There are many ways to ensure the water you consume is safe, including bottled water, filter pitchers and under sink solutions.
But only a whole house system will protect your plumbing and keep damaging pollutants and chemicals from leaving residue on dishes or soaking into your skin.
Find out more about the safety of your municipality water through the EWG site by clicking here.
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