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Tips to Choosing the Best Water Filter

Apr 29, 2008
Considering a water filtration system for a home can be a daunting task. One needs first to determine what is wrong with the present water supply. With contaminents being such a ubiquitous problem, it is not uncommon to be dissatisfied with water supplies, whether from wells or city systems. Then, following this assessment, the homeowner should investigate what the various systems promise in treating these problems.

There are different options when it comes to water filters. Some inexpensive ones simply remove some of the heavier particles that are suspended in the water. This is important but may be inadequate. The best water filters (and often the more expensive units) are designed to remove the smallest microbes. Using reverse osmosis technology, filtering out bacteria as small as .01 microns is not uncommon.

Hidden in a water supply are often found more than mere sediment. Water could also contain harmful bacteria. The best water filter systems will not only remove sediment but also this invisible enemy.

Do not assume that just because water comes from a deep well, it is automatically safe. All water should be tested. This is a regular requirement for city water systems but it should also be done for other sources of cooking or drinking water. Microbial materials can affect, not just the safety of the water, but also the appearance, taste, and odor. The best systems will deal with all these problems.

Peace of mind is often a factor in choosing the best water filter for a particular location. Some just feel better drinking filtered water no matter what. Others want the purest water possible for the least cost. It is even possible that a water source is so contaminated with bacteria that no filter system can make it safe. If this is true of a well, some have been able to clean it by pouring bleach into it, then pumping it out. For others, a new well will probably have to be sunk.

The best water filters use a combination of filtering and bacteria removing technology. An adequate filter removes contaminants of .4 microns or more. Units that also kill bacteria usually use electricity as well. Water containing excessive iron may also have a sulfur smell. Filtering alone may not remove this odor from the water.

Water softeners that soften the water before it is filtered can help extend the life of the filter cartridge as well as provide cleaner, softer water for drinking and cooking. The best water filter for the individual user can only be determined once the condition of their water has been analyzed.
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One water filter system has proven itself repeatedly. Using gravity filtration, the Berkey Water Filter is able to cleanse a higher percentage of impurities than filters that use water pressure. Find out about the Berkey Filter.
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