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Jul 29, 2008
Is there really health through reverse osmosis water purification devices? If you believe the advertising hype, home reverse osmosis systems are the "smart" choice. When it comes to protecting your home and your family, there are many things to consider. Here's what you need to know about your water purification choices.

You may be able to provide better health through reverse osmosis, because of microbial cysts. If ingested, they can cause severe gastrointestinal illnesses. They may be found in any public water supply and even in bottled brands.

In order to remove them, sub-micron particle filtration is necessary. Home reverse osmosis systems must be certified to provide sub-micron particle filtration in order to remove these risks. Other purification methods will also remove them, including boiling and multi-media blocks with a fine porous sub-micron mesh.

However, reverse osmosis and boiling do not remove chemical contaminants. When water is boiled, the chemicals are released into the air, ready to harm anyone nearby. If you have to boil water before consumption due to bacteria, you should first remove the chemicals with a granular carbon purifier.

Activated carbon purifiers and sub-micron filters are less expensive than reverse osmosis systems. For a complete filtration system though, a multi-step system is needed.

Check performance data to find out what chemical contaminants the system removes. Have your water tested for the presence of microbes and other hazards. If the only dangers that you face are some chemicals and cysts, then you will not get any better health through reverse osmosis than you could through another purification method.

Everybody needs a home purification system. You need one in the bathroom and kitchen. The EPA warns that infection can occur while brushing one's teeth or washing vegetables, because the cysts may cling to the food.

Certain chemical contaminants become airborne in the shower. Exposure to some of the byproducts of chlorination can cause cancer. An increased risk of at least 30% has been reported. Some researchers say the risk is higher. But, there is no longer any doubt that many cases of colorectal and bladder cancers are caused by exposure to disinfection byproducts.

Can you protect your health through reverse osmosis? Remember to ask the filter manufacturer if the system removes trihalomethanes or THMs. That's the only way to be certain.

Multi-stage carbon block purifiers will protect you and your family from THMs. You can also get them for the showerhead or for the whole house. The cost is typically much less than what you would pay for home reverse osmosis systems, but you still have to compare price, cost of use and product performance.

Remember to learn as much as you can before buying anything. The disadvantages might not outweigh the benefits. Simply be sure to do something about your safety when it comes to water purification. Otherwise the risks of contamination might be grave.
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