Water filter cartridges come in many shapes and sizes, but all are designed to do specific tasks in water filtration. This is a brief guide to some of the filters one can use to counter drinking water problems.
1. Charcoal Medium Carbon filters
Carbon filters are relatively cheap to buy, and easy to install, but most important they filter out the most lethal toxins, and leave intact the mineral content which is so important for the health of the body.
2. Sediment Filters
Sediment filters are sometimes added to the carbon filters, when there is a problem of sediment in the water, which can block the carbon filter. Sediment filters have to be replaced frequently and regularly especially after long non-usage. If left unchanged they will alter the taste of the water not to mention affecting the efficiency of the whole system.
3. Ceramic Filters
These are vey effective in trapping the tiniest of bacteria; they also discharge positively charged metal ions when coming into contact with water thanks to the silver lining incorporated in them. These positive ions destroy any bacteria which may collect on the outside of the element. It is a good idea to wash the outside of the ceramic filter every now and then.
4. Electrolyzed Alkaline Filters
This system may be fitted to the kitchen sink or installed under the sink. It first filters the water and then the magnetic field produced by this system divides alkaline minerals from acids and produces safe drinking water which is rich in mineral content. However, this system requires a water supply which is high in minerals otherwise the magnetic process will not work.
5. Atmospheric Water Generators
This system requires no water supply as it processes moisture from the air; after this condensation process takes place, various methods of filtering produces good drinkable water.
6. Reverse Osmosis Filters
Reverse Osmosis uses porous filters to remove all salts and most bacteria. It also removes all minerals so it is not advisable to drink the water it produces. This water is good to bathe in as it leaves skin supple and hair shiny and flowing. It is also good for laundry as it is very efficient in removing stains.
It is wise to inform yourself on the type of water you are getting through your taps. If there are no official reports, you can always use the facilities of private laboratories and have a sample analyzed. On the net there are various websites which explain most filtering systems available; some even recommend tap water over all technologies, but this depends on the quality of water you are supplied with. Some water supplies are so loaded with chemicals and other pollutants that the water can be described as dead water and is horrible to taste. In extreme isolated cases this water also stinks.
Bottled water is expensive and some brands are no better than tap water, in fact it is tap water sold under false pretenses. Taking everything into consideration, and weighing all pros and cons of all the filtering systems available, decisive action can be taken on which system to use to safeguard one’s health as much as it humanely possible.