Lead is very harmful if ingested internally. How can you be sure it has been removed from your water filtration system?
Flint, Michigan – Brady, Texas – Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania – Milwaukee, Wisconsin – San Diego, California are just a few cities that have made headline for their concerns about lead in the drinking water. Unfiltered water is a huge concern to homeowners due to the high lead concentration found in drinking water.
With all of these concerns, the question in the back of homeowner’s minds, do household water filtration systems remove lead from our pottable water?
Pottable water is defined as water that has been deemed safe for cooking or drinking by the regulating government agency. In the United States, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) regulates what water is determined to be safe. Additional regulations can be established by city utilities and water distribution companies. Although pottable water is safe to drink it can contain volatile organic chemicals (VOCs) such as chloramines, as well as small amounts of other harmful chemicals or elements that enter the drinking water at any of the many stages of distribution. The resulting water that is deemed safe for the average healthy individual, if not poor in quality and taste. For individuals that have medical conditions and/or compromised immune systems, the water may be more harmful. Testing the water and installing the proper filtration system is recommended.
Water filtration systems installed in the home can remove these contaminants as well as the chloramines through the disinfection process. It is important to note that there are many types of filtration systems and they vary in functionality and effectiveness. Homeowners should research and ask questions to ensure they are getting the right fit for their needs and the highest quality of water form their water filtration system.
Activated Carbon Filtration R/O Systems can be found in Reverse Osmosis R/O systems and whole home water filters. This type of water filtration sytem are found in potable water pitcher filterin systems. These type of filters are only partially effective and should not be used with people who are ill or have compromised immune systems.
Whole house activated carbon filtration systems are installed at the sight of the water supply to the home. These systems are fully automatic, self-cleaning and filter water maintenance-free to the homeowner. The system filters the water as it enters the tank removing harmful organic, chemical contaminents, chlorine and VOCs from the incoming water. Water sources can then draw off of the filtration tank for drinking or cooking. Sources like showers and toilets can be piped to use non-filtered water to conserve energy and water consumption.
Reverse osmosis systems are a quick and easy way to provide cooking and drinking water. R/O Systems are installed at the location of use, usually kitchen faucets or underneath the kitchen/bathroom sink. R/O filtration systems use pressue to filter water through a filter that removes many particles, heavy metals and lead.
Not all water filter systems are equal, and not all carbon filtration systems are designed to remove impurities and harmful contaminants such as lead. Homeowners should research prior to investing in any system and make sure that the water treatment specialist is providing the right solution for them.
Homeowners should also be cautious of off-the-shelf drinking water filtration systems. Although the price point might be lower, the system or pitcher may not deliver what it promises, and homeowners may never know without proper water testing.