Two-thirds of the earth may be covered by water, but about 2.8 percent is fresh water. Someone who’s done the math calculates that we can use only 0.3 percent of that total water supply. Of that small percentage, our usage breaks down like this:
- 70% is utility water, where water quality is not the most important concern (irrigation or pools)
- 28% is working water, used for cleaning (bathing, laundry and dishes)
- 2% is potable water, suitable for consumption (drinking and cooking)
Since no new fresh water is being created, thankfully, water is the ultimate recycler. Rain that nourished the earth millions of years ago, still does so today.
While our supply remains constant, it is, however, affected by the environment. As a universal solvent, water absorbs a touch of everything it contacts. In its return to earth as rain, water picks up air pollutants and rust. Once it hits the ground, it dissolves, penetrates and seeps, collecting everything from rocks to pesticides.
Although U.S. water supplies rank as one of the safest in the world, some contaminants still can enter the drinking water after it has left the treatment facility. Installing a water treatment system offers you more control over the quality of your water.
What is Water Treatment?
Water treatment is a process for filtering or chemically treating water. There are two modes of filtering:
Benefits of a water softener
- Removes minerals that cause hard water. (Hard water – which means more iron content — uses 50-80% more soaps, detergents, cleaners and soap-related products)
- Uses less detergent and keeps clothes whiter
- Reduces harsh effect on fabrics and skin
- Improves rinsing performance, making things easier to clean because of less soap buildup
Benefits of a whole house filter
- Removes sediment from incoming water source
- Prolongs life of appliances and pipes
- Helps water heaters work more efficiently
2. Point of Use – utilizes products like under sink water filtration including reverse osmosis.
Benefits of reverse osmosis water filtration
- Removes harmful contaminants such as arsenic, lead, sulfate, chlorine, VOCs, rust, sediment and more
- Dispenses healthier, cleaner-tasting water
- Removes odors
- Saves money and eco-friendly. More economic than bottled water with no empty bottles added to landfills
While a carbon filter’s primary function is to remove chlorine and unwanted tastes and smells from drinking water, reverse osmosis water filtration systems are recognized by the Centers for Disease Control and the Environmental Protection Agency as an effective means for treating drinking water. Comprised of a pre-filter, membrane and post-filter, it processes water by using pressure to force the water through a very fine, semi-permeable membrane. Since the process takes time, a small tank stores the purified water until it’s needed. Because of this, reverse osmosis very nearly reaches the purity of distilled water but in a much shorter time and without electricity.
If you have a thirst for an investment that will play dividends for you and your family, schedule a free in-home water treatment consultation. Since water consumption and household size are vital considerations, we recommend our free in-home service, which includes a water test, plumbing audit/fixture count, review of your family’s water consumption and needs and a customized equipment recommendation. For more on installation, visit homedepot.com’s installation services page or your local Home Depot store.