While municipal water supplies are treated chemically to make water safer, the fact is bacteria, bad taste and odors and other issues can and do still occur. This problem is not limited to Houston, or anywhere else in the nation. It is a problem nationwide. Though it occurs rarely, no one wants to be sickened by contaminated water. Installing a water filtration system in Houston, and providing minimal maintenance assures you of safe, great-tasting, clean water for your home.
The Sources of Contamination
Drinking water in the U.S. originates either from a topical source such as a reservoir or from underground wells. Being exposed, surface reservoirs are more susceptible to contamination, though any water can be contaminated when adverse conditions apply. The sources of contamination are extensive and can be almost any contaminant. The most common contaminations are typically due to the following:
Chemicals use is widespread, and can contaminate reservoirs due to rain run-off. Chemical contamination often results from the agricultural activity on farms such as the use of fertilizers and weed killers, though it also includes products used on lawns to kill weeds and insects and to fertilize lawns. While the small amount that you use may seem insignificant when you consider the amount used over the area contamination may occur after rains in the form of runoff. A common pollutant in water due to agricultural activity is nitrates and originates from fertilizer.
Landfills are required to have a protective layer on the bottom to prevent contaminants from leaking into groundwater. However, once the material ages and cracks, contaminants can end up in the water table. Furthermore, substances can continue to leak into the water table for decades. Approximately 10,000 non-active municipal landfills exist across the nation, and some estimates place illegal dumpsites in the hundreds of thousands or more. The majority of these sites never had a protective lining to prevent contamination of groundwater sources.
The number of abandoned hazardous waste sites in the U.S. is greater than 20,000 and growing. When leaks occur at these sites, the contaminants drain into the soil and underground water supplies.
Septic systems are on-site wastewater disposal systems that do not connect to a municipal sewer system. Septic systems slowly drain away human waste underground through field lines at a slow, harmless rate. An improperly designed or poorly maintained septic system can leak bacteria, viruses, and household chemicals into groundwater posing a serious threat to human health.
With estimates of more than 10 million storage tanks buried across the nation, the threat of water contamination is a long term potential for disaster. Over time, the tanks can deteriorate and develop leaks resulting in serious water contamination. Storage tanks contain gasoline, oil, chemicals, and other hazardous liquids.
Whole House Water Filtration
The most common water filtration system in Houston is the carbon filtration system, followed by the reverse osmosis system.
Carbon filtration systems use carbon to trap water impurities. Carbon filtration is available as activated carbon, or block carbon filtration. A carbon water filtration system in Houston is extremely effective in removing a broad range of contaminants such as chlorine, herbicides, pesticides, and radon.
Reverse osmosis is a technique for purifying water in which pressure forces the liquid through a semi-permeable membrane, leaving contaminates too large to pass through the membrane behind. Reverse osmosis is an extremely effective filtration system, removing 99% of impurities. However, reverse osmosis is unable to remove dissolved minerals, such as those that comprise hard water. A water softener is required to remove dissolved minerals. In addition, the reverse osmosis system requires a carbon pre-filter to prevent damage to the membrane when water is chlorinated. Systems are available that combine both carbon filtration and reverse osmosis for a superior water filtration system in Houston.
A Benjamin Franklin water filtration specialist can assist you in selecting a water filtration system in Houston based upon your budget and water analysis report.
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