Is Your Water a Good Fit For Your Family’s Standards

When many of us start to think about the housing needs of our family, heating and cooling is usually a major consideration, while we rely on good quality food and the variety of technologies around our homes. In recent years, families have become more and more concerned about tap water quality and whether it meets your standards.Is Your Water a Good Fit For Your Family’s Standards

These days many families don’t want to drink tap water, and bottled water is considered a staple on many grocery shopping lists, and this can have a massive impact on the cost of our grocery bills. Fortunately, there is another option. Whether you have water from the city or sourced from a private well, there are filter options to ensure that you can enjoy great tasting drinking water.

Contaminant Regulation

Public water supplies are regulated by the EPA for a number of contaminants including chlorine, lead, arsenic, e-Coli and many more at the source. Unfortunately, research has highlighted that due to deteriorating infrastructure and pollution, deliverable drinking water has been found to contain contaminants that exceed the EPA safe limits. It is possible that public water can contain contaminants that are picked up on its journey to your tap. Some of these contaminants have been studied by the National Resources Defense Council (NRDC) and include lead, rocket fuel, fecal matter and chemical byproducts that were created during the water treatment process. Even in minute, trace amounts, these contaminants are not something you want to bathe in let alone drink.


While water utility companies provide reports about what is happening with the water quality in your area, but only testing from your tap that can provide you with the information for your specific home. If your water is sourced by a private well, the supply is not regulated by the EPA. So you are likely to be aware that you need to have your water tested each year, particularly if you notice any changes in your water. Specific testing is important to determine the filtration requirements for your home.

Water Filtration

There is not a single water filter that is ideally suited to every family, home, and situation. Filters are not designed to eliminate every type of contaminant, so you need to find a filter that meets your specific requirements. You will need to use the results of your water testing to determine the type of filter needed for your home.

If there are only one or two contaminants affecting your water supply, you may find that a smaller under sink unit could meet your needs. If the contaminants only affect drinking water, you may only need to treat the water in your kitchen, but if there is a consideration for bathing, showering or using appliances, a whole house filter may be more appropriate. If there are safety issues relating to your water quality, a multi stage filter that can deal with various contaminants is likely to be the most appropriate choice.

If you have concerns about your water quality and the contaminants that could be affecting your water supply, you should speak to a professional water treatment specialist.

By Mark Williams (NicMar President Mark Williams holds degrees in Applied Science and Industrial Thermodynamics, along with Agricultural Mechanization and Systems Engineering from Ohio State University. He also holds the highest possible industry ranking, being WQA (Water Quality Association) LEVEL 6 Certified.)

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