Hidden harm: How can a water filter protect your family’s health?

RO home drinking water filtration systems

When most people turn on their tap to fill up a glass of water, they don't think about the pipes that water flowed through or the water's source. More than often than not, we think that if water comes from our taps, it must be safe to drink. Unfortunately, even in cities and towns that use water treatment plants, drinking water can contain harmful particles that can't be seen by the human eye. This is where a home water filter can protect your family from a number of potential hidden substances such as:

•   Lead particles that can enter your drinking water from plumbing or water service lines. Removing lead is important because it acts as a neurotoxin that is particularly harmful to children and pregnant women.

•   Arsenic that comes from industrial waste can get into drinking water. It's tasteless and odorless and usually found in specific regions. Drinking water with high levels of arsenic over a lifetime can increase the risk of some cancers.

•   Nitrates, while naturally occurring in the environment, can also enter the water system from agricultural practices, from garbage dumps, as well as from human and animal waste. Nitrates are considered possible carcinogens for people.

•   Chemicals from pesticides can be found in surface water or seep into groundwater. These chemicals can even be carried through rain and snow far from the original source. Exposure to pesticides can cause long term and short term effects on people's health depending on the type of pesticide and amount of exposure.

•   Bacteria and other pathogens can also be found in drinking water. E. coli bacteria from human and animal waste is one of the most common types that is regularly monitored. Pathogens like this can cause health effects like vomiting and diarrhea.

You can save your family from these hidden harmful substances by using a home water filter system. How well a water filter works depends on the type of filter system you choose. Our technicians are here to help you sort through everything you need to know about choosing a system that's best for your family.

Contact Friendly Water, and we'll find you the best water filter option to meet your needs.