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Is A Whole House Water Filtration System Necessary In My Home?

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The human body is made up of 55-75% water, and we cannot survive longer than 5 days without water! This is because of constant evaporation from our bodies through everyday activities. The most essential element of life is water.

The somewhat scary part is what we consider to be “clean” water is really a liquid concoction of contaminants. In the United States the water contamination level ranges from “moderate” to “heavy” due to industrial waste, byproducts from industrial plants, chemical disinfectants, pharmaceuticals, and even naturally occurring minerals. Water treatment laws are outdated and water treatment plants are technically not required to remove the seemingly countless contaminants found in today’s municipal water. What today’s water quality laws call for in their “water treatment process” actually introduces more chemicals (chloramine, chlorine, fluoride) into the “treated” water before it reaches our homes. However, these chemicals are necessary to eliminate the possibility of bacteria growth but are not healthy to bathe in or consume.

In addition to this the EPA has identified more than 700 pollutants that occur regularly in drinking water from both well and municipal water and at least 22 of them are known to cause cancer.

So knowing this information most people would then ask something along the lines of: “OK, well how do we get ACTUALLY clean water?”

ANSWER: Introduction to a whole house water filtration system 

In short it is a filter system that is installed at the entry-point where water enters a home. With the appropriate filter system it will not only help filter out contaminants but also add longevity to appliances, flush out scale in plumbing, make skin and hair soft and shiny, eliminate the need for bottled water, reduce the need for harsh chemicals and cleaning products, and more!

Some hearing that information might say: “OK, well that doesn’t pertain to me . . . I drink bottled water.”

ANSWER: Think again. Here is some “showering and breathing” insight into home water uses 

Water and water pollutants are not just in what we consume. Think about when we are showering, bathing, doing dishes, brushing teeth, or cooking; in all of these daily activities our skin is vulnerable to all these harsh pollutants.

When ingested only 20-50% of the pollutants from the water are taken into the body. But dermal (skin) absorption, 60-100% of the pollutants, depending upon where they are absorbed on the body, go directly into your bloodstream.

An EPA scientist is documented as saying:

“A shower cubicle can be considered an ‘exposure chamber.’ Exposure to volatile contaminants absorbed through the lungs could be about double the same amount from drinking water. In the bath, underarms, scrotal and vaginal areas as well as groin absorb far greater amounts that in the normal unwashed forearm.”

We also even breathe the fumes of various pollutants that are released from running water. The EPA found breathing chloroform, a byproduct from hot water in a running shower or steam, is a major air pollutant.

IMPORTANT: Water filtration system credentials

Any quality whole house water filtration system must have EPA (Environmental Protection Agency), WQA (Water Quality Association), and NSF (National Science Foundation) certifications to ensure safe clean and healthy water.

As you can see, it is no longer enough to just have a filter for your shower head and drink and cook with bottled water. A whole house water treatment system is a must. There are currently no shower head filters that remove the broad spectrum of contaminants in water and majority of bottled water is acidic and unhealthy. Also you cannot fill a bath, wash your clothes, brush your teeth, do dishes, or water the vegetables in the garden with them!

So is a whole house water filtration system important and necessary in your home?

 ANSWER: You are going to have to answer that one for yourself.


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