There has been a lot of talk recently about what is in our drinking water and how it can effect our health. With so much new information coming out, it can be hard to know what you should look out for, when to be concerned and what type of water filtration is best for your Sycamore, IL home. Let’s start with what types of contaminants can be found in our water supply.
According to the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), there are four categories of water contaminants. The first is physical, such as sediment and other organic material found in bodies of water. Man-made and naturally occurring chemicals are a second type of contaminant, and may include bleach, pesticides and metals, for example. The third type of contaminant is biological organisms like bacteria and viruses. Finally, radiological contaminants are chemical elements that can emit radiation.
Public water supplies are tested for contaminants and a report is made available to everyone receiving water from the supply. This ensures that you know what is in the water that is coming into your home. What you may discover in reading the reports, however, is that a certain types and levels of impurities are considered acceptable.
And, while public drinking water supplies are tested and regulated by the Environmental Protection Agency, anyone with a private well is responsible for the safety of their own drinking water. The Center for Disease Control (CDC) suggests that anyone that uses private well water “test it at least once a year for mechanical problems, cleanliness, coliform bacteria, nitrates, and any other germs or chemicals of local concern.” They go on to suggest that well water also be tested after any flooding or if you suspect something about the water has changed, such as the taste or smell of the water.
Whether your municipality is sourcing your water or it’s coming from a well, you have some control over the water that your family uses and consumes. If you’re concerned about the impurities in your water supply in Sycamore, IL, you have options to remove and reduce them even further. Let’s take a look at different types of water filtration systems.
Whole Home Water Filtration Systems
Whole home water filtration systems do exactly what their name implies, they filter all of the water that comes into the home, removing particles, chlorine and other chemicals and metals. Not only does this ensure that you have a safe, clean water supply, you will notice improvements in the look and taste of the water. Installing a whole home water filtration system in your Sycamore, IL, home has the added benefits of removing stains and odors caused by iron and sulfur, while protecting your water fixtures and plumbing from stains and corrosion. Protecting your pipes, faucets and appliances now can save you a lot of money long term.
For those who are environmentally conscious, this can be a good option as they don’t’ sue salt or harsh chemicals. In addition, there are systems available that self-regulate to the water use patterns and changes within the house. So, when the kids come home to visit or you are running the dishwasher more during a holiday, the system will keep up.
Drinking Water Systems
If you are generally happy with your water for bathing, laundry and other general uses, a water filtration system installed at your kitchen faucet might be right for you. A reverse osmosis system removes heavy metals such as copper, arsenic and lead from your water. In addition, it removes particles, chlorine and lead from the water you use for cooking and drinking. This ensures that the water you and your family are consuming not only tastes great, but is good for you.
There are other options for water filtration that can be customized to your Sycamore, IL, home’s water supply and your family’s needs. WaterCare products offer specialized cartridges so you can tailor the water filtration system to your home’s needs.
One™ Filter works with the WaterCare system to remove multiple water contaminants such as lead and PFOA/PFOS. In addition to being safter, you will notice an improvement in the taste and smell of the water, as well. This system is designed for high flow rates, ideal for a busy family’s home filtration.
The One™ Contaminant Reduction System, when paired with one of the other WaterCare products, doubles the certification of the filter, treating 100,000 gallons of water before the cartridge needs to be replaced. You’ll even be notified that it’s time for a filter replacement.
Prairie State Water Solutions are water experts offering full-service options, from testing your home’s water supply to providing water filtration solutions customized for your home. We can order, install and service your water filtration system, offering you peace of mind that your family has the safest, cleanest water to drink. To learn more and schedule an in-home water evaluation, call Prairie State Water Solutions at 1-630-864-7078.