Does Tap Water Need To Be Filtered?

Does Tap Water Need To Be Filtered?

Posted by Dan B. on Jan 16th 2016

You go to a friends house for a party and want a glass of water. You see that he has a water filtration pitcher in his fridge. You immediately laugh and think that he is being overly cautious about his water, but maybe he isn't. Let's take a look at why you should filter your tap water.

Where does your tap water come from? Every morning you wake up, you brush your teeth take a shower make your coffee and wash your apple. All of this is done with tap water. You use it for everything you do but do you know how it gets to you or what is in it? If you are like most people then probably not you simply trust that the water you get from your tap is clean.

So how does your water get into your home? Almost every city pulls from 1 of 2 sources of water, groundwater or surface water. Water that is pulled from wells or pumped out of underground aquifers is considered groundwater. Water pulled from rivers reservoirs or lakes is considered surface water. Regardless of source water is pumped into water utilities where the water is then cleaned stored and then sent through pipes into your home.

If the water is cleaned at the water utilities then why would you need to filter your tap water? Let's take a look at what is happening at the water utilities to clean your water. On average, water utilities are treating close to 34 billion gallons of water a day that is some serious mass production. There are various ways used to treat this large amount of water such as flocculation sedimentation (adding particles to the water to attract dirt and other particles and settle out of the water) filtration and disinfection. Every municipality will decide which process they use based off of the water source they are pulling from.

One of the more popular forms of treating water has been the disinfection method. This method puts different disinfectants into the water to kill the microbial contaminants. Common disinfectants used are chlorine, chlorinates and chlorine dioxides which can alter the taste of your water. These disinfectants to a small degree are still in your water after it is passed through your pipes do you really want to be drinking them? It has also been shown that in some cases these disinfectants can react with the water to create byproducts in the water which can pose a health risk.

After your water is cleaned and stored at your local water utility it then has to pass through a labyrinth of the city and household pipes. These pipes can add contaminants such as lead, a heavy metal that causes health problems. You won't see large chunks of lead in your water glass but sure enough you can find trace elements in most households. There are great improvements in our piping systems now but even lead-free pipes can still have up to 8% of lead in them.

What can you do to prevent these disinfectants, additives or lead from getting into your water you drink and use every day? There are various options available; You can go through the hassle of flushing your pipes regularly to avoid lead contamination (expensive) you can filter your water or you can buy bottled water. Interesting enough the Natural Resource Defense Council stated that roughly 25% of bottled water is actually just bottled tap water. Also, the federal regulations for bottled water companies are generally less strict than those for municipal water utilities.

The reason you should filter your tap water is you can be in control of how clean your water is. Using water filtration products for your tap water is the best way to assure that your water is safe to drink. Most filtration products can only be used for one purpose, like filtering tap water, but the MUV is a customizable filtration system that can be used not only for your tap water but it is portable enough you can use it at the gym work traveling to foreign countries or even while you are camping in the woods. The MUV will help assure that you are drinking clean water wherever you go.