Water. It composes over half our body weight, and it’s essential to your health. Yet your drinking water may be contaminated with anything from lead to arsenic to radionuclides, with possible effects that can range from nausea to blindness to cancer. Fear not: a simple home water filter can help you steer clear of scary contaminants and improve taste.
Home filtration systems can remove the vast majority of chlorine, lead and other harmful substances that may be present in your water. Home UV disinfection systems can destroy bacteria and organic matter that may seep from wastewater into your water supply. Home systems come in many forms—individual bottles, pitchers, faucet attachments, whole home treatment tanks—and have varying levels of purification. All deliver cleaner water for mere cents per gallon.
Beware bottled water, however. The standards regulating its production are often less strict than those regulating tap water, and almost half of bottled water sold in the U.S. is actually drawn from the same source as tap water, filtered and then sold back to consumers at thousands of times the price (see our tip for more information). If you want better water in your home, look for a filtration system that fits your lifestyle.
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Learn more about the different options for home filtration here .
Check out the EPA for more information on drinking water regulations and local water quality reports.
Did you know that some restaurants are turning to their own house-filtered water?
According to the New York Times, Americans spend more than $200 million a year on bottled water
at restaurants. If more restaurants filter their tap water, that’s a lot of savings without sacrificing quality.
Did you know the average North American drinks 80 liters of bottled water a year?
It takDid you know that one-fifth of human exposure to lead is from drinking water? According to the EPA, lead exposure can cause stomach problems and brain damage. Home filters can remove up to 99% of lead
from drinking water.es about a quarter bottle of oil to produce each bottle of water, according to the New York Times. That
North American resident could live cleaner, safer and cheaper with a home filter.