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What's In My Drinking Water Before It's Treated?


Sources Of Drinking Water

The sources of drinking water (both tap water and bottled water) include rivers, lakes, streams, ponds, reservoirs, springs and wells. As water travels over the surface of the land or through the ground, it dissolves naturally occurring minerals and, in some cases, radioactive material, and can pick up substances resulting from the presence of animals or from human activity. 

Contaminants That May Be Present In Source Water

  • Microbial contaminants, such as viruses and bacteria, that may come from sewage treatment plants, septic systems, agricultural livestock operations and wildlife.

  • Inorganic contaminants, such as salts and metals, that can be naturally occurring or result from urban storm water runoff, industrial or domestic wastewater discharges, oil and gas production, mining or farming.

  • Pesticides and herbicides that may come from a variety of sources such as agriculture, urban storm water runoff and residential uses.

  • Organic chemical contaminants, including synthetic and volatile organic chemicals that are byproducts of industrial processes and petroleum production, and can also come from gas stations, urban stormwater runoff, agricultural application and septic systems.

  • Radioactive contaminants that can be naturally occurring or be the result of oil and gas production and mining activities.

In order to ensure tap water is safe to drink, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the State Water Resources Control Board (State Board) prescribe regulations that limit the amount of certain contaminants in water provided by public water systems.

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) regulations and state law also establish limits for contaminants in bottled water that provide the same protection for public health. 

How Can You Remove / Reduce These Contaminants

How can you remove all of these contaminants at once before using water for drinking or cooking? With a Reverse Osmosis Water Purifier. We haven't found any other technology on the market that is as thorough, safe and affordable.  Unlike any other purification process, RO is the most effective in respect to filtration and costs.

There are a few choices of systems, some come in a "box" encapsulating the filters and a tank, interior designers love these as they look great and are compact. Others have standard size filters assembled on the outside for easier access when it's time to replace them, these tent to last longer between replacements as they are larger and are standard  industry size which enables you to choose from variety of filters. There are also custom "twist and lock" type systems/filters which makes filter removal a breeze but do require you to purchase filters specific for the unit. Whichever you choose, know that we only carry the highest quality, US built reverse osmosis system that provide maximum reduction and removal of harmful contaminants. 

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