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The Ins And Outs Of Water Purification Technology

Jun 7, 2008
There are regular advances being made in water purification technology - and this is very good news for the consumer because just about all of these advances have made better water filtration systems available for home use that have also been simpler to install.

Another advantage of the technological advances has been a reduction in prices. Water purifiers that cost several thousand dollars just a few years ago can now be had for just hundreds putting them within the range of the pockets of many more consumers.

Water purification technology is able to remove many basic and not so basic water impurities e.g. sand, various varieties of organic material, parasites, bacteria, algae, fungi and viruses.

There are a number of methods of water purification e.g. media filtration, activated carbon filtration, water softening and de-ionization. Depending on the method they can either remove one specific impurity or a selected group of impurities.

Reverse osmosis is an advanced water purification technology that was initially only used by industries located on coastlines and the armed forces to purify sea water enough to make it drinkable. It is now readily available as a technology for use in the home to ensure you have a regular supply of purified drinking water on tap.

There is an interesting system that goes by the name of vortex purification technology that has been found to wipe out the strain of avian flu that can be passed on via water.

A definition of a method of water purification treatment is any procedure that can be used to change the chemical composition of a water supply.

Methods of water purification fall into five basic types: filtration, chemical treatment, freezing, boiling and distillation.

Science only recognizes three ways to purify water: filtration, boiling and chemical treatment.

If you wish to purify water successfully, you need to know exactly what impurities it contains as the method that is likely to be most successful in doing the job will largely depend on what needs to be removed. For example, the best method for removing small molecular impurities is activated carbon treatment.

The most popular water purification methods are distillation and reverse osmosis, but it's a fact that neither of these methods will entirely remove all contaminants. Neither is particularly quick either.

Ultraviolet treatment is another method of removing impurities from a water supply. It is a method that has been known about for over 100 years. It basically makes inactive water-borne pathogens and viruses. It is widely accepted by experts as the very best method for getting rid of harmful micro-organisms in the water supply. It is also one of the quickest ways of getting the job done.

Another water purification technology that is highly thought of is ozonization or ozone treatment. Ozone is a strong oxidizing agent that is delivered via a stream of air to the water. It is a strong disinfectant and diffuses through the water as small bubbles. It gets into the cells of micro-organisms by diffusing through their cell walls.

The oldest known method of purifying water is boiling. This is a method that has been in use since ancient times and it was the main reason for the popularity of tea as a drink in the Far East - cold water was simply not safe to drink.

A more modern way of purifying water is the use of iodine and chlorine tablets or drops. They have many qualities to recommend them but they will never be universally popular because they are chemical methods.

You really should take the time to investigate the viability of installing some form of water purification technology in your home to improve your water supply's quality and your own health.
About the Author
Alan Allport is a tireless researcher into health-related matters. Read more of his thoughts on water purification technology at http://www.waterfilterpurifiers.com.
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