Water-cooler-High-resolution-032-190x243Australia, with its history of water droughts, is establishing protocols in water purification and filtration. The country is among the driest in the world, and is also one of the world’s biggest water consumers.

The problem with water bottles

The owner of Marque restaurant, recently decided to charge 5 dollars for a single glass of tap water. The catch – it had been filtered with a $6000 Italian water filtration system.  This was his response to bottled water, much of which was going to landfills, and also a classic example of where the Australian water situation was going.

Just like prizes across the world, water bottles are extremely expensive. For many, it is not a viable option to buy large water bottles on a regular basis. For example, large offices will find it cheaper to use filtered tap water.

Additionally, people are realising that plastic can be unsafe. Bottled water, packaged in plastic bottles, can contain phthalates, harmful chemicals. These chemicals enter our water supply when the bottles are being stored, or are in shipping.  Long term exposure to such chemicals can result in health issues, including endocrine disruption.  Clearly, tap water, after thorough purification, is both cheaper and safer.

In fact, your purification procedure does not end after you have purified your water with a water filter. you still need to store it safely.  It is advisable that you buy and use glass bottles made of glass, or BPA-free polycarbonate bottles, as these are safer, for the health of both you and your family.

Buying a water filter

Even if you aren’t aware of the chemical contents of your water supply, you will definitely know that your water will definitely taste different when you use a superior quality water filter.  This is the first, and the most important sign of pure water.

When buying a water filter, money should be a factor, but not a constraint. Don’t think of its as a purchase, but an investment. Much before you go shopping, you need to analyse your water supply to assess the impurities entering your home through your water supply. Keep an eye out in the local news for reports of industrial effluents, and other impurities being reported.

These impurities are both biological and chemical. Biological contaminants are microbes and bacteria, which can cause disorders, originating in your digestive tract as you consume them orally. Chemicals contaminants are metals and compounds, which can result in neural (nervous system) and renal (that is, the kidneys) issues.  Benzene, even in extremely diluted form, can be harmful, as its a known carcinogenic.

Therefore, if you are looking for an efficient filter, you need to figure out what impurities to remove. And even the water taste, from a metallic tinge to a foul odour, is a sign you need to keep in mind. In the past, the simple addition of chlorine was considered a solution to filtration and killing off germs.

Carbon block filters

Extremely common and popular filters, carbon block filtration uses activated carbon to remove impurities. Its massive surface makes it a great filter, and can remove everything from chlorine (added from the municipal supply side), sediment (from groundwater aquifers),organic  matter, and even the smell.But if your local water supply has tested positive for minerals and salts, these might not be as affective.

Maifan stones

Prominently mentioned in Chinese medicine for their curative properties for skin ailments, malfan stones contain micro-nutrient elements. Simultaneously, they can filter out heavy metals (including lead and chrome) by absorbing them.

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