The Netflix show, “Down to Earth” with Zac Effron and Darien Olien, has us all looking at the world around us with new eyes. Episode 2, titled “France,” was enlightening, forcing us to pay close attention to the water we choose to drink and informing us that water is not just water. Water is life, and access to clean, running water is a basic human right. So, how can you ensure that the water coming out of your taps is pure and healthy to drink? You can buy bottled water (not the most eco-friendly and sustainable option) or you can install a water filtration system in your home.
Since 2009, the Blue Drop Project and Afriforum have put the quality of our drinking water under the spotlight. This has necessitated a response, and households across the country are considering affordable alternatives to make sure the water coming out of our taps is suitable for drinking.
What are you drinking?
Unless you are fortunate to live in the Icelandic mountains with access to a natural spring or water source, the municipal water flowing from your taps is compromised.
To remove impurities and reduce the risk of water-borne illnesses, our tap water needs to be disinfected with chlorine, ammonia and chloramines. Fluoride is then added. (Not sure you want all this in your body on a daily basis – especially considering the RDA of water we should be consuming). This complex water purification process also removes natural minerals present in pure water which are necessary for our optimum health and wellbeing.
A home water filtration or purification system becomes a simple solution – either using countertop water purification filters or an under-counter filtration system. The former removes chemicals, impurities and contaminants after it has come out of your tap and the latter removes the contaminants before it comes out your tap.
Let’s go under-counter
When it comes to under-counter water filtration systems, you have some options:
- A reverse osmosis water purification system – this method removes up to 99% of impurities by forcing the water through a semipermeable membrane. The biggest disadvantage of this option is that any remaining essential minerals (magnesium, sodium, calcium and potassium) and electrolytes are also removed. As far as conserving water, you need to be aware that reverse osmosis filtration systems use up to 3l of water to produce 1 l of purified water)
- A water filtration system – here the water passes through layers of filters that capture impurities. The benefits of these purification units are that they are smaller and easy to install in your home and there is no wastage of water in the process and the naturally occurring minerals and electrolytes are also not lost.
Let’s go over the top
Of course, budget is always a consideration, and so initially you may opt for a countertop filtration system or water purification jug which you have to fill up from your tap. They are inexpensive and easy to “install.” Some of these even add essential minerals back into the water, increasing the TDS level (totally dissolved solids) which refers to the level of minerals.
Compared to their under-counter counterparts, the filters in countertop alternatives do not last as long and will have to be replaced regularly. They also score lower on the convenience factor but they do not need a plumber or professional for installation.
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