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Natural Awakenings Space & Treasure Coast Florida

Healthy Hydration

Apr 07, 2011 05:09PM

If you don’t have a water filter system, then you are effectively the filter. To properly filter your water before you drink, consider these 6 things to look for in an effective filter:

1. Many water systems treat for taste, odor and clarity. Be sure and find one that will treat for contaminants such as lead, mercury, and chemical compounds such as methyl tertiary-butyl ether (MTBE).

2. Look for an Ultra Violet component to destroy waterborne bacteria and viruses.

3. Compare the cost per gallon of different systems. Bottled water will remove some contaminants and uses a UV filter to eliminate bacteria; however, it will cost an average of $7 per gallon.

4. Consider upfront cost versus maintenance costs. Carbon only filter systems are typically the least costly to purchase; however, their maintenance & per gallon costs are nearly the same as the first year cost.

5. Find a filter that will remove the harmful contaminants mentioned above without removing desirable naturally occurring minerals. For example, bottled water is void of contaminants but often has desirable minerals removed.

6. Reverse osmosis is a very good way to treat an entire house for clarity, and contaminants. However, they typically do not have an Ultra Violet component to destroy bacteria & viruses. The average cost per gallon the first year is about .30 cents (accounts for equipment & installation) and second year about .15 cents per gallon.

Look for an economical system that treats for clarity and taste, blocks contaminants and gets rid of harmful bacteria and viruses.

For more information call Doug Carroll at 321-795-5959 or visit