Your body absorbs all of the pathogens and bacteria that are in your drinking water. Depending on where you live and what your municipal water source is, the water you drink might not be as healthy to consume as you think. You can test it yourself by following the instructions and information for home water testing from the Environmental Protection Agency.
Even if you find that your home’s tap water is safe to drink, it might not be as tasty as you’d like. You might prefer to drink bottled water, which, in addition to being costly, also creates a huge amount of plastic waste.
What’s the solution? Get a water treatment system installed in your home. Read on to find out the benefits of having filtered water at your disposal.
1.) Cleaner Water Means a Healthier Body
Water treatment systems remove more than 2,100 kinds of toxins, lead, microorganisms, and excessive chlorine from your tap water. These contaminants can have harmful effects on your body.
For example, consuming large amounts of chlorine can lead to rectal, colon, and bladder cancers. Drinking lead-contaminated water can cause influenza-like symptoms, intellectual disabilities, and negative prenatal effects. Filtered water also removes bacteria such as giardia and cryptosporidium, which cause major gastrointestinal illness.
Some of these potentially harmful additions to your home’s drinking water might not affect you dramatically as an adult. However, if you have young children or a baby, these contaminants can suppress their already vulnerable immune systems.
A home water treatment system filters out contaminants from your drinking water, but leaves traces of naturally occurring minerals that are healthy for your body.
2.) It’s More Cost-Effective Than Buying Bottled Water
The average American uses 176 gallons of water per day, including cooking, showering, and flushing toilets. We also drink at least a half gallon per day.
If we rely on bottled water as our primary source of water consumption, namely for drinking and cooking, our drinking water cost escalates and remains quite high. According to Business Insider, bottled water costs $1.22 a gallon, which is 300 times more than tap water. By contrast, it’s estimated that filtered water from home filtration systems costs between $.10 and $.20 per gallon.
Homeowners spend between $750 and $2,300 on a home filtration system. Over time, the upfront cost of installing a water treatment system will be much less than the amount you’d spend on bottled water.
3.) If You Cook with Better-Tasting Water, Your Home Cooked Meals Will Also Taste Better
Many people prefer the taste of filtered water over the taste of tap water. That extends to people who love to cook.
The food you make with tap water will have some semblance of that water’s flavor. If you use filtered water from water treatment system, your home cooked meals will not only contain fewer contaminants but it will also taste significantly better.
4.) It Creates Less Plastic Waste Than Water Bottles
Americans use about 50 billion water bottles a year, but only about 38 billion of those bottles get recycled. The water bottles we don’t recycle are worth $1 billion of plastic, which represents 17 million barrels of crude oil.
Much of the plastic waste we don’t recycle ends up in landfills and in the Pacific Ocean. For example, the world’s largest ocean garbage site includes enough floating plastic to cover Texas twice. When you install a water treatment system, you can fill reusable bottles instead of using plastic water bottles.
To learn more about water treatment systems, contact the HVAC experts at HELP Plumbing, Heating, Cooling and Drains. We sell and install water treatment systems for residential properties in Ohio, Kentucky, and Indiana.