Key Considerations to Assure Safe and Reliable Water
What to learn from the toxic Water Crisis in Flint, Michigan and Merrimack, New Hampshire
The Flint Water Crisis, and the more recent, Water Contamination Issue in Merrimack, are eye-openers to the alarming situation on availability of safe drinking water for the residents of not just Michigan and New Hampshire but entire United States of America. Ironically, Flint lies close to the Great Lakes, the largest group of fresh water bodies in the world. Yet residents can’t get clean water from their taps in homes. The lead contamination in Flint and Merrimack waters has created a serious public health hazard. The lead from the corrosive and aging pipes leached into Flint River and its concentration elevated to extremely dangerous levels. If Flint River would have been treated with an anti-corrosive agent at a cost of about $100 a day, then 90% of the water crisis could have been avoided and water made potable.
Merrimack Village District, the company that supplies public water to households in Merrimack, should consider installing point-of-entry filtration systems on all private wells near the Merrimack plant that are detecting elevated levels of contamination. Saint-Gobain should also pay for the design, installation and operation of a treatment system for district wells.
Some experts believe that the landfills are likely sources of contamination in public wells in Merrimack and Flint. Health Board members are now turning a critical eye to two closed landfills on Flint Road. Landfills causing well contamination are a cause for concern and efforts should be initiated to ensure that residents have an adequate supply of safe, clean drinking water.
For some residents, using bottled water for drinking and cooking has become burdensome, prompting them to take some measures on their own. Many have decided to have a whole house point-of-entry filter installed to their homes, an environmentally friendly alternative that is well worth the investment.
What does this mean for you?
Whether you have been affected by a water crisis or not, it is important to be educated on the hazards and risks of toxic water and smaller occurrences like pollutions and chemicals that can be found in tap water. Ensuring your household has pure and clean water is essential to your health. Although homeowners alone can’t prevent water pollution, it is critical to do your part to ensure reliable water throughout the home.
Measures residents should take to assure reliable water
- If your household drinks tap water, have the water tested regularly to be confident the water is safe and drinkable
- Install a whole house point-of-entry filtration system as a permanent substitute for environmentally-unfriendly bottled water and to have reliable water supply throughout the home not just for drinking but for bathing, cleaning, and washing clothes
- Make sure to be proactive about replacing filters as needed
- Engage Same Day Plumbing representatives to assess and test if water filtration system is working effectively throughout the home or not
In the case that your community is affected by a water crisis, there are several measures that various stakeholders can undertake to overcome toxic water crisis in their localities.
Government & Local Authorities:
- Should immediately apply anti-corrosive agents to all water bodies that have been lead contaminated and lead pipe replacements
- Provide supplies, medical care, infrastructure upgrades, and water bill reimbursements
- Issue bottled water to affected residents only for the short-term, and hand out water filters to them for long-term use
- Offer blood tests to individuals impacted by the water contamination
- Undertake periodic water toxicity studies by collect and processing samples to look for the presence of Legionella bacteria in water heaters, kitchen and bathroom taps and hot water taps of homes of residents. Also determine if a simple water heater flushing protocol could be used to improve hot water quality.
- Install its own filtration system for all of its supply wells
- Undertake frequent public health awareness programs to educate residents on health hazards of toxic water usage, and how to resolve the issue
- The companies responsible for water contamination should assume accountability and pay for the design, installation and operation of a treatment system to address contamination in water bodies
- Treat the public water supply
- Channelize spending on Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) initiatives that are environment focused
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Act Now – What to Know Before Installing a Water Filtration System in Your Home
Filtering your household water is more of a necessity than an option these days across the U.S. It is important to ensure your household has a filtration system that removes pollutants, chemicals and other impurities for clean and pure water available for everyday use. Many homeowners who do not have a filtration system resort to using a clunky refillable filtering jar or often purchase bottled water, an expensive and environmentally unfriendly decision. Installing a whole-house water filtration system is now rapidly becoming an imperative proposition.
The sources of pollution are many, ranging from agricultural runoff and industrial releases, to outworn pipes and firefighting foam, to pharmaceutical drugs and even the chemicals used during water treatment themselves. As a general rule, healthcare experts recommend using a high quality water filtration system unless you can verify the purity of your water.
A water filter helps remove impurities from water by means of a fine physical barrier, a chemical process or a biological process. Reduced particles, contaminants, or imbalances in your water help enhance its taste and quality. You can actually experience the difference in the water you drink and use every day. A whole-house water filter treats your water problem directly at the source, so you enjoy the benefits of cleaner, fresher water throughout your home.
How does a typical whole house water filtration system work?
A whole house water filter typically connects to the main water line entering your house so that all points of use of water in your house – faucets, toilets, baths, kitchen, laundry – dispense treated water. It is usually installed after the water meter (municipal) or pressurized storage tank (well water). However, homeowners wishing to purify the water supplied to their garden and sprinkler systems may find this to be quite challenging as the city’s main water line is often split off into a “house” water line and a “yard” water line before it reaches the house. Consult your home’s blueprint or city water utility for more details.
An effective home water filtration system
An effective water filtration system constitutes a three-stage filtration process: a micron sediment pre-filter, a KDF water filter, and a high-grade carbon water filter. This filters out metals, chlorine, DBPs, and other contaminants.
The systems seem somewhat expensive—but are well worth the investment as they typically last up to 15 years at no extra maintenance cost. Moreover, the highlight about these systems is that they filter all the water in the house, not just the drinking water. Using filtered water for dishes and laundry extends the life of the appliances.
Tips to select the right whole-house filtration system for your home
- Water Purity: Ensure that the type of whole-house water filtration system you choose is designed to eliminate the specific types of impurities found in your home water supply. The best way to identify which filtration system will best suit your needs is to have your water professionally tested. You can also contact a county representative to find out what contaminants are commonly found in your locality.
- Sediment Amount: If sediment level is high in your water supply then you’ll need a whole-house sediment filter. Multiple water sediment filters are the best option, ranging from a 30-micron unit to a 5-micron unit. You can also buy reusable sediment filters to save money in the long run.
- Presence of Iron: Iron can be removed with a high-quality sediment filter if it is in the form of rust. If it is dissolved iron, then you will need an ion exchange whole-house water filter or an iron filter to remove it. A water analysis report can determine what type of iron is present in your water supply
- Presence of Chemicals: Most chemical contaminants can be removed using a granular activated carbon filter. Chlorine, the most common chemical found in municipal water supplies, can be removed most effectively (a 99% effectiveness rate) by Activated carbon.
- Adequate Flow Rate of water: Measured in gallons per minute (GPM), flow rate determines the quantity of water that travels through your home’s filter in one minute. The best whole-house water filtration systems have a flow rate of at least 7 gallons per minute. This allows them to maintain uninterrupted pressure during the house’s highest usage times. To ensure you get the proper flow rate, it’s important to purchase a system of a reasonable size that matches the number of people in your household, the size of your home and the number of bathrooms.
- Port size: The ideal port size on a whole house water filter is 1″. Even if the home uses ¾” piping, using a 1″ ported system will not create any hurdles when fitted onto the ¾” pipe. Whole house water filter systems with 1″ ports and 4.5″ x 20″ filter carry more than enough water so that pressure drops are virtually non-existent.
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