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Tap Water VS. Filtered Water

  • Apr 02 / 2013
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Is Tap Water so Bad?
The quality of the tap water is largely affected by the public water supply. Over 60,000 chemicals are used to treat tap water. Of the tens of thousands of chemicals used to treat the water, only 91 of them are regulated by the federal authorities, CBS News reports. While many debate about the safety of tap water, many people have invested in water filtration systems to protect their families. Here are the benefits of a water filtration system.

Chlorine Levels
In normal tap water, a high level of chlorine may be used to treat the water. In some cases, the amount of chlorine used to treat the water supply may be more than what is needed. When the amount of chlorine used to treat a certain amount of water exceeds a certain threshold, the amount of chlorine can be toxic to the body. Research has shown that when chlorine is consumed in large quantities, that cancer risks may become elevated. People who drink large volumes of untreated water regularly are at risk for developing rectal and bladder cancer, a study published in the American Journal of Public Health states. A water filtration system reduces the amount of chlorine found in the water supply and makes it safer for consumption.

In some areas, the water supply may be well-treated but come with an awkward taste. Changes to how the water is treated may affect this. A different combination of chemicals can alter this attribute of water. Different amounts of agents used in treating the water may also affect this. A failing system may also compromise the taste of the water. With the proper water filtration system, the aftertaste may be eliminated and the purity improves.

There are several reasons why there may be an odor present in tap water. Different odors found in tap water can be tied to a particular type of chemical that may have been used during treatment. If the chlorine levels in water exceed a certain amount, the water will smell like chlorine. A sulfur smell can be attributed to an aging water heater or a plumbing problem like a clogged drain. A garbage disposal that hasn’t been properly cleared in sometimes may also affect the scent of the water. Sulfur-scented water can also be the result of hydrogen sulfide gas caused by a reaction. All of the potential reasons for the sulfur smell should be ruled out for safety reasons. A water filtration system acts as that additional safeguard that protects the quality of the water, ridding it of certain impurities.

What a Water Filtration System Can Do
A water filtration system can improve the quality and safety of the water. When excessive chlorine or another chemical is used in treating the water, it may actually become unsafe for consumption if treated through methods like boiling. In fact, boiling doesn’t eliminate all of the possible contaminants and microorganisms that may exist in the water supply. The safest method of treating the water for consumption is a high performance water filter. These systems are specifically designed to restore balance to the water and filter out any existing impurities. Customers should always pay attention to how the water tastes, smells, and looks to determine whether or not it is safe for consumption. It’s also important to reevaluate boiling water if there is a strong chemical scent present.

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Rachel is a blogger for Benjamin Franklin Plumbing Minneapolis who has a team of plumbers in Fridley, MN who specialize in plumbing services and repairs. You can follow Benjamin Franklin Plumbing Minneapolis @MPLSplumber.

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