What are you really drinking in your tap or bottled water?

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With the bottled water getting more popular year after year, do you ever wonder why? Is it the convenience, or are Americans thinking that their tap water isn’t safe? Well, truth is, according to the EPA, all water has some contaminants. After all, tap water is treated, bottled water is filtered, and both have contaminants. And it isn’t just drinking water that matters. Your skin is your largest organ and it absorbs water when you shower.

If you really want to know which contaminants are in your tap water the EPA recommends you have it tested at a state certified laboratory. You may be happy with the results, or you may want to invest in a water filter. Since different water filters extract out different contaminants, at least you will know what type of filter you need most.

Here are 4 different types of water filters that are listed on Web MD.

1. Activated Carbon Filters – They remove certain organic contaminants that affect taste and odor. Some systems are also designed to remove pesticides, or certain metals such as copper and lead.

2. Ion Exchange Units – With active Alumina they can remove minerals such as calcium and magnesium which make water very hard.

3. Reverse Osmosis Units – With Carbon they can remove nitrates and sodium as well as pesticides and petrochemicals.

4. Distillation Units – They boil and condense the steam, creating distilled water.

Maintenance of all water filtration systems is critical for constant removal of the contaminants you are trying to eliminate. Professional installers will provide you with this service for a small monthly fee.

The EPA does regulate the water suppliers of water to households to maintain water that is safe to drink. The water suppliers also provide annual reports to their customers that tell where the water is coming from and what contaminants might be in it. The CDC does state however, that people with certain illnesses, disease, or lower immune systems may be more affected by the contaminants in water.

We will have more information on this subject soon, along with resources for testing and water conditioning units.