Is Your City Using An Effective Water Purification Process?

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There are many levels to the water purification process. Since it is impossible to fully explain water purification processes in a brief article like this, let's focus on what you can do at home.

Public treatment facilities use a variety of different steps in their water purification process before the final product is tested and stored for consumer use. Some groups feel that the testing should be more stringent, since the Environmental Protection Agency gives a passing grade to waters that are contaminated with chlorine, THMs, TCE, lead, pesticides, herbicides, VOCs and many other toxins.

If you rely on the test results, you should know that the Washington Post reported that facility employees across the country are modifying or misreporting the results, so that their water purification process will get a passing score. So, I believe that the only way to explain water purification on a municipal level is to say that there are "issues."

In order to protect ourselves from those problems, we need an effective water purification process for our homes. That's why I decided to explain water purification on a personal level, right inside your kitchen.

Over the years, individuals have done many things to make sure that what they had to drink was safe. Boiling kills a lot of bacterial contaminants, but does not remove chemicals. It also releases hazardous fumes into the air, but during an emergency situation, it does make water a little safer.

After a hurricane or flood, the Center for Disease Control and Prevention recommends the use of household chlorine bleach to clarify and kill bacteria. It's not particularly good for you to drink that, but again in an emergency, it can be a little safer.

Keeping a case of bottled water around is probably the best idea for an emergency. Make sure they are glass bottles, as chemicals from the plastic bottles will leach into the water, causing other problems. And you probably should not drink it all the time, because there is no way to be sure about the water purification process used by the bottlers. Also, everything that passes for safe from the tap passes for safe in a bottle.

So that should explain water purification procedures during a home emergency. Now, let's look at what we can do on a daily basis.

An effective water purification process for your home should remove all of the contaminants mentioned above. In order to be sure, better companies provide certified performance data that lists each contaminant separately, and the extent to which they will be removed.

The best water purification process on the market removes 99% or more of each one. By using activated carbon blocks, multi-media filters, micron particle filters and ion exchange, everything unsafe is removed, while the mineral content and pH levels are balanced.

In order to explain water purification of this type, let's look first at the carbon blocks. They trap chlorine, THMs and many other chemical contaminants. Then there are the multi-medial filters, so-called because they contain various compounds that target specific contaminants that are normally difficult to remove. Additional chemicals are trapped by this phase.

A micron particle water purification process removes microscopic cysts (undeveloped bacteria or parasites) that can cause waterborne illnesses, as well as any remaining sediment. The ion exchange step neutralizes heavy metals and balances minerals so that there is no problem with "hardness" and it is neither too acidic nor too alkaline to drink.

To further explain water purification in the home, I think that I should mention that there are many units being sold that are ineffective. The best technology is mentioned here.

It is not the most expensive water purification process on the market. It is simply the best.

Sherri Stockman is a Naturopathic Practitioner and avid researcher of healthful living practices. Find out the water purification systems she recommends by visiting her site now at www.Pure-H2O.net

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