9 Reasons You Should Consider Water Filtration

Protect your family from contaminated drinking water

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The benefits of water filtration go above and beyond nutrient absorption, detoxification, and skin hydration. When it comes to water, contamination can be the difference between life and death – caused by cancers and diseases associated with chlorine and other sediments and chemicals found in unfiltered drinking water. Common elements removed from drinking water through water filtration include:

    • Aluminum
    • Lead
    • Fluoride
    • Chlorine
    • Arsenic

Yes, even arsenic. Shocking, isn’t it? In this article, we examine just nine of the many benefits a water filtration system can offer to you and your family:

1. Improved Taste & Odour

Water filters are ideal for those who are experiencing poor water taste and/or smell. By installing a specific type of filtration system, your water will be cleansed of any foul contaminants that affect the taste and smell of your drinking water. Chemicals and pharmaceuticals are found in municipal water systems. These can also be removed through specific filtration systems.

2. Sediment Removed

Water can be contaminated by sediment such as dirt, rust, silt, or sand, which can slip into your home’s water system and affect your laundry water, bathing water, and drinking water. Water filtration is therefore critical when it comes to separating clean water from sediment.

3. Water Hardness Eliminated

In addition to a water filtration system, you should also consider a water softener, which will remove the calcium and magnesium causing hardness in your water. Soft water is gentler to your fabrics and water systems. Substantially less soap, laundry detergent, shampoo will be needed saving you money. Installing a water softener will improve rinsing effectiveness; plus reduce dishwasher water spots and cleaning time. Your water-using appliances will last much longer and work much more efficiently without the clogging effect of hard water… again saving you money.

4. Chlorine Reduced

Chlorine is introduced into municipal water systems to destroy bacteria. But once that water reaches your home it should be removed. Chlorine can enter the bloodstream via vapour from showers, baths, hot tubs, dishwashers, and it can irritate the respiratory tract. Chlorine can also quickly destroy rubber seals and gaskets in appliances, plumbing fixtures, and can attack pipes causing pinhole leaks. Chlorine in water is linked to rectal cancer, colon cancer, bladder cancer, and various other types of cancer according to the Canadian Cancer Society. It absorbs quickly into the skin and through vapour into the lungs. By drastically reducing the chlorine in your household water, studies say you’ll subsequently reduce your chance of developing any of the above cancers. Chlorine in drinking water has also been linked to miscarriage in pregnant women. Combination softening/chlorine eliminating filtration systems are a safety-conscious choice for homeowners and are offered by Harris Plumbing.

5. Lead Eliminated

Lead enters drinking water when service pipes that contain lead begin to corrode. Specific water filters remove harmful lead from drinking water, preventing lead from entering the body and causing damage to your organs – especially in children. Lead exposure to children can cause learning disabilities, impaired development, stunted growth, and improper functioning of blood cells and the nervous system.

Note that homes built before 1986 are more likely to have lead pipes, as the regulations for lead in the Safe Drinking Water Act did not come into effect until after that time.

6. Cost Effective

No price can be placed on clean and healthy drinking and cooking water. Offering countless health benefits to your entire family, water filtration is cost effective and a smart choice for any home.

Safe, appropriately filtered drinking water will also reduce the amount of money you spend on bottled water. Did you know that 40% of bottled water is actually tap water?

7. Reduced Risk of Disease

There can be more than 2100 known contaminants in tap water, and several types of digestive disorders and cancers have been linked to the presence of toxins in drinking water. It has been reported that water filters reduce the risk of gastrointestinal disease by more than 33%, as they remove harmful cryptosporidium and giardia from the water.

 88% of the 4 billion annual cases of diarrheal disease are attributed to unsafe water and inadequate sanitation and hygiene, while 1.8 million people die from diarrheal disease each year.” – World Health Organization, 2007

8. Improves Children’s Developing Immune Systems

To ensure your children are drinking the highest quality of water as they develop both mentally and physically, install a water filter that will provide the countless health benefits associated with consuming clean water. Healthy drinking water can reduce your child’s risk of disease, learning disorders, and other ailments associated with contaminated water.

Globally, an estimated 2,000 children under the age of five die every day from diarrhoeal diseases and of these some 1,800 deaths are linked to water, sanitation, and hygiene. – UNICEF

9. Environmentally Conscious

By improving the water quality in your home, you’ll reduce your need to purchase disposable water bottles that can be costly and are damaging to the environment. You’ll also reduce your water waste – as bathing, washing, and laundry water will get the job done right – the first time.

Ban the Bottle reports that the average American used 167 disposable water bottles last year and only recycled 38 of those bottles. The organization also reported that more than $1 billion worth of plastic is wasted each year.

Types of Water Filters

At Harris Plumbing, our incredible team of knowledgeable plumbers can service and install the following high quality water filtration systems in your home:

  • Water Softeners & Iron Filters
  • Taste & Odour Filters
  • Iron, Sulphur, Sediment Filters
  • Chlorine / Chloramine Filtration
  • Ultra Violet Purification
  • Reverse Osmosis
  • Ozone Systems

To learn more about the various high quality water filtration systems offered by Harris Plumbing call us today!

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