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We do not often include water as part of our health and beauty plan. When in reality it should be the most significant consideration. It is a simple way to make a massive impact on the way you look and feel.
Try these resources to read further about the advantages of drinking more water:
It is easiest (and most recommended) to use the age-old eight glasses (64 ounces) per day. You should drink water throughout the day, but there are times that your body needs more – such as when you wake up.
Knowing how much to drink and when is one thing, remembering to do it is another. There are tools to help. You can find free printable charts online to use as a visual reminder and a tracking mechanism. For those that prefer a digital method, give the Daily Water Tracker Reminder app a try!
Reported issues with tap water usually refer to taste, smell, and appearance. When homeowners call our offices the conversation often includes phrases like:
It is no wonder these concerns occur. The journey our water takes before arriving in our cups is astounding. Cleveland municipal water is drawn from Lake Erie, and then distributed through 5000 miles of water lines! Our four treatment plants do a fantastic job of meeting safety standards. But, they face quite a challenge in our agricultural, industrialized state. Residents of Akron drink from the Cuyahoga River after it travels through over 1000 miles of pipes!
Along the way, our water supply is vulnerable to contaminants. Contaminants that cause the common complaint of taste, smell, and appearance. Including:
The biggest concern of all is lead. To read more about the harmful effects, check out this blog post, “Everything You Need to Know About Lead in Water”. The state of Ohio also provides a great tool for tracking areas of concern with this lead locator map.
We all play a role in improving the safety and quality of our water. There are steps that you can take to help your municipality fight issues before it makes it to your sink such as:
Even if you are doing the right things to ensure water safety for your community–you can not control your neighbors. To add an extra layer of confidence, use a carbon or reverse osmosis water filtration system.
Filtered water is the product of your tap water passing through 5 stage carbon cartridges. Each cartridge plays an essential role in producing a high quality finished product:
Water filters are effective at removing contaminants, foul smells, and tastes. Water filtration systems offer a variety of benefits including:
Wikipedia defines reverse osmosis as “…a water purification technology that uses a partially permeable membrane to remove ions, molecules and larger particles from drinking water.” Although you can choose to use only the carbon system and forego the RO stage, we believe it adds an essential extra layer of protection. RO filters are effective at removing contaminants such as radium, lead, arsenic, and more. You can learn more about the differences between filtered and RO water in our article “Filtered vs. RO: Which to Choose?”
Water filtration systems come in many shapes and sizes. Most of which are classified as “point of use” or POU. A point of use filter connects to a water line and uses a bottleless cooler to dispense chilled or instant hot H2O. The options are as follows:
With this option, the water filter housings and storage tank mount below your sink. The finished product dispenses through a stylish spout installed on your kitchen counter. The technician will need to drill a silver dollar size hole into your counter. If you have a granite countertop, another option might suit you better.
Countertop filters offer a compact design that allows the unit to fit under standard height cabinets. These models offer both cold and hot water for drinking as well as coffee, tea, or hot cocoa. If you already have limited counter space, a stand-alone machine may be better.
A water cooler type of design is the most popular choice for filtration. These freestanding units also offer cold and hot water. They are sleek in design and attractive enough for a modern kitchen. You will only need about a square foot of space for this POU but, it does require electricity (as do all of the models). Therefore, it will need to be placed near an outlet as well as access to a water line.
We always recommend using a professional installer. Water leaks can cause a tremendous amount of damage to your home. Besides, when you rent or buy a water filter, the service is usually provided. Choose a spot close to a water line (look for a sink, washing machine, ice dispenser, etc.). If you can’t find a perfect location don’t worry, the technician will get creative.
Aside from dozens of health benefits, having a water filtration system in your home will save money. How Stuff Works estimates that a family of four, who currently purchases small bottles at the grocery store, would save $2,878.57 per year in this article, “How much money can I save with a water filter?”
Your actual cost savings depends on a few variables. You must first decide if you would prefer to rent or purchase a water filter. A rental agreement will come with perks that take maintenance and troubleshooting out of your hands. You will be able to set it and forget it while enjoying the ease of one consistent charge each month. Our rental units, for example, come with free filters, and service calls. A competitive price for this sort of design is around $35.00 per month.
To own a water filter, you must first of course purchase the unit itself. It is impossible to estimate a cost as there are many levels of available features. Basically, you get what you pay for. A word of warning– don’t go cheap– invest in a high-quality unit with a standard set of features, and you will be happy for the long term.
Water filters require very little upkeep. There are only two chores that you will need to mark on your calendar (unless you rent, in that case, this step is handled for you):
You should plan to address both of these tasks every six months. In addition, it is a good idea to wipe the spigots periodically with antibacterial soap to prevent the spread of germs.
Your family deserves the best in healthy hydration and you deserve to look and feel your best. Water filtration can help and also save you time and money with no bottles and a consistent bill each month. A water filter will provide the reliability you are looking for and assure that your water is contaminant-free!
Distillata has been solving the water needs of Northeast Ohio businesses for over a century! You can contact our team today by calling us at (800) 999-2906, filling out a form, or visiting our facility at 1608 East 24th St, Cleveland, OH 44114.