Water is one of the most important utilities in the world. It’s used for bathing, cooking, washing clothes, cleaning dishes, and drinking. If you get your water from the city, you trust your tap water to be clean and healthy. It goes through a treatment plant before it reaches you, so it’s perfectly purified when it reaches you—right? Unfortunately, this isn’t always the case. Thankfully, you have the option to install a water treatment system in your home or business.
Why Bother Purifying?
Many people dislike the taste of tap water, and choose to drink bottled water or filtered water instead. The taste can be caused by any number of issues. Maybe there are strange algal blooms in the source water. Maybe there is chlorine in the treatment system. Or, perhaps your plumbing is even corroded or galvanized. These can contribute contaminants to your water. All tap water contains at least trace amounts of contaminants, but sometimes the water can contain incredibly dangerous levels. Therefore, many people choose to use water treatment systems.
The contaminants aren’t just dangerous for your health. They can cause many issues with the actual piping of your home. If you get your water from the city, there is a good chance that they pull the water from groundwater sources. Groundwater is frequently referred to as “hard water” because of the calcium and magnesium build-up in the water. When pipes are exposed to hard water over a period of time, lime scale begins to develop. This lime scale can block the water, lowering your water pressure and even causing bursts in the pipe. Additionally, the contaminants react poorly with soaps and detergents. Instead of dissolving, the soap will stick to the contaminants and create small soap curds.
Types of Treatment Systems
There are many types of water treatment systems available, and you should get the best water treatment system for your needs.
The first types of water treatment systems that many people would find useful are hard water treatment systems and groundwater treatment systems. In order to prevent the issues present in hard water, these treatment systems use water softeners. These water softeners swap out the magnesium and calcium for less dangerous products through ion exchange. The heart of the water softener system is a mineral tank filled with small beads. These small beads attract the calcium and magnesium particles and replace them with harmless sodium particles. Then the tank flushes out the contaminants and begins again, keeping your water clean.
Then there are the reverse osmosis systems. These systems force all water to move through an ultra-thin membrane. Water molecules are incredibly small and are able to pass through the membrane without difficulty. Large particulates from the contaminants are then blocked by the membrane and then shifted off into a collection area to be properly disposed of. These systems cover a wide variety of contaminants and are great for general use.
If you’re unsure of which water treatment plant system would work best for you, consult with a professional. They’ll be able to identify your water’s issues and provide you with exactly what you need to get your water clean.