Water safety standards are different from country to country, but in the UK tap water undergoes stringent bio-surveillance tests to make sure it’s safe for consumption. When compared to bottled water, tap water was often found to be of a higher chemical quality than bottled water, which is not subject to so many tests and controls as tap water.
In the UK, the Drinking Water Inspectorate is the authority responsible for overseeing how safe tap water is for drinking purposes. In doing so, the DWI carries out millions of tests to ensure that tap water conforms to health safety standards.
But tap water is not completely pure in the sense that the treatment process that tap water undergoes mainly targets the elimination of disease causing bacteria. This is why tap water is treated with chlorine or chloramine, which are two of the most effective chemical disinfectants that destroy bacteria. Tap water may also contain other added or naturally occurring contaminants such as fluoride. Long-time exposure to both of these substances can affect your health. This is why many homeowners use tap water only for washing, bathing or cleaning purposes, and resort to bottled water for drinking purposes. Unfortunately, on many occasions, bottled water has been found to be less safe than tap water, even though it may not contain chemical disinfectants. In addition, some bottled water brands used reprocessed tap water. Apart from not being the safest option, bottled water is also a burden on the environment, and tap water is definitely the eco-friendlier and more economical option.
If you’re not connected to the municipal water supply, but instead rely on a private water well, your tap water may also have problems from a microbiological perspective, and it may also be exposed to industrial or agricultural pollution. Filtering your tap water with the help of a water filter offers a solution for all these issues and more. Water that is treated with potentially harmful chemicals can be filtered to remove these from your tap water, thus, making it safe for drinking purposes as well. Water that is microbiologically unsafe can be turned into microbiologically pure water with the help of an UV filter. In addition to removing a wide range of chemicals, chemical by-products, disease-causing bacteria, and other impurities, some water filters are also able to deal with hard water problems as well. Reverse osmosis water filters like the Pure-Pro Quick Change Pumped 6-Stage Reverse Osmosis System with Alkaline Filter can remove chlorine, its by-products, and hard water contaminants.
Installing a water filter in your home can make sure that your tap water is always safe to drink, and any safety concerns that you may have, will be put at rest. Likewise, switching from expensive bottled water to the eco-friendly tap water will reduce your carbon footprint.