Which water purification methods work best for home use? Well, that question doesn't have a completely pat answer that fits everyone. But, if you know what types of contaminants you're worried about in your water, then you can intelligently choose the right method for you. Let's talk about all of this.
First off, you need to know your enemy. You can get an idea of what contaminants your water has, or probably has, in several ways. If you're on public water, then your water treatment facility has to make periodic water tests, and they have to make those tests available to their customers. So, if that's the case with you, just call them and have them mail you their test results for the past year. (You need more than the latest one, because pollutants are sometimes seasonal. )
These test results are not always straightforward to read, but if you give yourself some time to digest the information, you should be able to figure out which, if any, pollutants your water system found. To help you think through this, and also to help you understand which water purification methods you need to consider, the EPA (Environmental Protection Agency) has a website where they list the standards for contaminants in drinking water. If you Google “EPA drinking water contaminants", you should be able to find it.
Not everything you should be concerned about, however, is going to be in those tests. Federal law does not yet require that water treatment facilities test for a whole host of known toxins and carcinogens that independent researchers have routinely found in our water. So, if you want to go a step farther, you're going to have to order your own test kit, online. You can get a cheap version, which tests for the most common contaminants for around $20, or you can get a test kit where you take a water sample and actually send it back to a lab for around $150. You have to decide how much knowledge you need.
Of course, when you're choosing the best water purification methods for your needs, you might not have to test at all! If you're on public water, then you can be fairly sure that you need to at least filter the chlorine out of your water. If, for instance, you get a carbon/ceramic filtering device that's capable of filtering chlorine, it's probably going to be able to filter out all the organic contaminants, pesticides, and prescription drugs, as well. But if you really want to make sure you're choosing from among the right water purification methods, then testing is the way to go. All you're doing is spending money to protect your health and your family's health.
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