As Plato once said – what is rare, it is expensive. Water is the most important thing in the world and has no price. We use it all the time, for bathing, watering the plants and most importantly for drinking. But how can we be sure that tap water is completely safe for our families? Here are some tips that will help you optimize the quality of water used in your household.
Test your water
Today, there’s a wide variety of tests available that can help you find out everything about your water. The water quality can change over time due to different environmental factors but you can always hire professionals to perform water tests, so you can be sure to have accurate information about your water at all times.
The problem of extreme lead levels in water is usually created by piping issues and other lead sources water might come into contact with. This is why testing your water is important; at the very least, you should know that the water in your home is safe to drink. An extra tip would be to test water in your children’s school, and your workplace as well. Without proper testing, you can never know what exactly is in your drinking water.
Think globally, act locally
It is tragicomic how many people don’t understand that we must save water and that we must think about our water quality. As members of each community, we simply must consider what we can do as individuals to save and improve the quality of our water. The truth is that we are running out of fresh drinking water, pollution is getting bigger and the water quality is dropping rapidly.
There are quite a few steps we can take to help improve water quality. Don’t flush away unused medicine or hazardous waste such as light bulbs or automotive fluids. You shouldn’t pour grease down the drain, as it can clog your pipes and lead to sewer overflows. Always make sure to properly maintain septic tanks to avoid any leaks.
Keep your water system impeccable
On the basis of your water testing results, professionals will give you a set of tips on how to maintain your water system. Also, your behavior at home can also affect the quality of water. Domestic hot water tanks must be set at 60°C because bacteria can multiply at low temperatures. If you’re away from home for longer periods, when you are back, turn on your heating systems to the normal temperature and let the water run for at least 5 minutes. That way, you’ll get rid of all the stale water.
Tap cleaning is also very important. Always remove scale and dirt from your taps. Another great idea is to have your plumber over from time to time, to check your water system and see if everything runs smoothly.
The vast majority of filtrating systems rely on a barrier that blocks dirt and toxins. Filters may be built from different screening materials, such as ceramic or fiber. Be sure to choose a filtration system based on your water testing, as it’s the only way you’ll be sure your water is safe and that the filter will prevent the impurities from reaching the water you actually use.
If you’re looking to save some space, you should consider one of those contemporary under-sink water filters, which will neither take up much room and won’t disrupt the aesthetics of your home. In order for a filtration system to give optimal results, you must remember to change filters regularly, as overused filters won’t be as effective and may keep and grow dangerous bacteria.
Distillation works by water vaporization and condensation. This process is mostly used in pharmaceuticals since clean water is necessary for various medical and cosmetic products. Distillation eliminates salts, metals, and minerals. Bear in mind, however, that distillation process will not remove pollutants from the water. These systems are usually very expensive and they spend a lot of energy.
Clean and healthy water is essential for the well-being of all humankind. Of course, based on your financial situation, you can choose what steps you will take to improve your water quality. One thing is sure, we can all do our part to save water improve its quality. Bear in mind that only 1% of the world’s water is drinkable and we simply have to protect our most precious resource.
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