What’s the Difference Between Good, Better and the Best Quality Water?

Most homeowners want the best quality water for their homes, but like many things in life, there are different qualities of water. Each tier of water quality comes at a price, and many people will have different priorities on the quality of water that they are prepared to accept. For the purposes of this article, we have grouped the methods of water treatment into three broad groups; they are: good, better and best. These are not meant to be absolutes, and it’s strongly advised that you get expert advice from a trusted local water professional before making a final decision. The water treatment methods that you choose will vary a great deal depending upon a number of factors.What’s the Difference Between Good, Better and the Best Quality Water?

A Good Water Treatment Option:

Let’s start with the treatment of hard water, as an estimated 85% of American homes have to deal with this issue. Hard water contains calcium and magnesium that will adversely affect the quality of water in your home, raise your energy bills and damage water using appliances. The best way to deal with hard water is to install a water softener or water conditioner to eliminate that hardness. This is achieved by exchanging unwanted mineral ions with sodium ions to reduce the mineral content in the water supply. A water softener will reduce the hardness minerals, chlorine levels, dissolved manganese and dissolved iron. Softened water lathers quickly with soap and reduces the amount of soap needed for cleaning, laundry, and dishwashing. Scale buildup is significantly reduced, appliances need less energy to run, and this reduces your energy bills.

A Better Water Treatment Option:

Taking water treatment to the next level could mean installing a reverse osmosis (RO) system alongside your water softener. This system can be installed at your kitchen sink or be plumbed directly into your refrigerator. This will improve the quality of your drinking water in a few different ways, such as odor, taste, and appearance. An RO filtration system will reduce the levels of Total Dissolved Solids and Chlorine in your water. Both organic and inorganic substances will be removed, and the ultra fine filtration will remove any fine particles that could cause cloudiness. The water softener and RO system are a great combination; together they give you soft water that is also good to drink. The water softener will also protect the RO system from becoming clogged or fouled up with larger particles.

A Best Water Treatment Option:

Now we are at the highest tier of water treatment, and this would be a whole house sediment filter for your home. This unit would usually be installed in a nearby right next to your water softener system. This will system will prevent any sand, dirt and other debris from entering your system. These large particles can damage your installed water softener, water using appliances and plumbing fixtures. A sediment filter will provide a number of benefits, such as the reduction of suspended particles, the removal of dirt, debris and sand, the reduction of insoluble manganese and iron and the protection of your equipment from damage.

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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