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Let’s Get Thirsty.
Here at Bay Disposal, we tackle all manner of waste disposal, recycling, and even moral or health related topics. Today, we’re looking at classic water filters like Brita; how such water filters work, what contaminants they remove, and do they really work at all, anyways?
Water Treatment plants
Before water ever reaches your home, it must first leave it. That’s right, the water you’ve used already is the same water that will be back in your glass someday very soon. The amount of water on the earth is finite, meaning that there will never be any more or less than there is now—nor has there been in the past. So technically, the water we use today is the same water used by the dinosaurs.
Of course, we put water through extensive treatment processes before it ever hits your Brita filter. Your local municipal water treatment plant filters out large debris such as sticks and rocks, runs it through smaller, mesh-like filters (some even use algae) to capture smaller particles, and a chemical or radiation treatment to kill any undesirable bacteria or pathogens.
Of course, it’s a long, winding, pipe from the treatment center facility to your shower, stove, or favorite mug. The risk for additional contaminants is high, which is why many folks choose to purchase and use a Brita filter (some people even filter their showerheads).
What does a water filter remove?
Most in-home water filters such as Brita or Pur use carbon to filter out any sand or dirt that may have be reintroduced during transport. Unique materials, such as coconut shells, are used in some brands and models. These act as the active filters, which physically strain out solid debris.
Chemical filters cause a reaction in certain contaminants, then detects the change and prevents the materials from flowing out of that faucet. Of course, those materials must go somewhere, so it’s important to check and change your water filter regularly.
Chlorine & Lead in water supply
We’ve all heard about deadly chemicals being added to our water supply “for our own good.” Although it does effectively kill harmful bacteria and other microorganisms, chlorine is also highly toxic and extremely harsh on hair and skin. The smell, taste, and sensory effects of chlorine are not pleasant, and we fully understand the desire to filter it out from your drinking, bathing, and cooking water.
A good quality block carbon filter (or reverse osmosis treatment system, if you want to invest) can reduce the levels of dangerous chemicals in your home water supply, particularly chlorine & lead.
What other water filtration options are there?
Unfortunately, there is no one-size fits all solution. Some people stick with a faucet filter or filtered water pitcher, others install complex systems to deliver only the purest of hydrogen and oxygen molecules, and still others purchase bottled water to avoid the issue entirely.
If you’re genuinely concerned for the health and well being of yourself, your family, and your community, contact a local water purification company to do an analysis on your household water supply. Many companies offer such testing for free, and then you’ll have all of the information you need to make an informed decision about what’s best for your home.