I got the fright of my life when I saw the price of a couple of big whole-house water treatment systems. They were selling for more than the price of a good second hand car!
But then I was rescued by an “angel” — who pointed out that I could get the same or even better performance from a moderately priced home water treatment system.
That was a relief!
I guess those big expensive whole-house water treatment systems looked so hi-tech that my emotions got in the way of my thinking. I’d been blinded by the marketing.
Because actually I now realize that if a ZLD SYSTEM has the right components, then a relatively small home water treatment system that will fit discreetly in a water closet can process all the water you’ll need for your home just as well as a bigger unit working on different principles, powered by electricity and looking like something out of Doctor Who.
Just think for a minute. What do you need to filter out of your tap water?
Particles of organic matter will have been pretty much completely taken out at your city water treatment plant.
True, there are times when they are not. My mother’s tap water, for example, had problems with dirt and smell for several years before the municipal authority in her town finally renewed the public water supply equipment (that was obliviously failing).
So the better whole-house water treatment systems will include a filter for that. These components are cheap, and if there is little particulate matter in the water the replaceable cartridges will last a long time in your system.
Chemicals will need to be taken out. They leech into the groundwater from city dumps and farmer’s fields, and are seldom caught in city treatment plants. So the good whole-house water treatment systems have a component to deal with them.
Same with pharmaceutical drugs. They find their way into the toilets and sewage ponds of your city water treatment plant. Some of the deadliest drugs can’t be removed there, so they go back into the water catchments area near your community and eventually are piped to your taps. You will need to filter them out.
Bacteria and cysts bring disease and sickness into homes, so your system needs to remove every single one of them.
The other side of the question is what do you have to keep in your tap water?
That’s simple. Clean natural water has dissolved in it minerals, including calcium and magnesium, that you body absolutely must have to be healthy. You should only consider whole-house water treatment systems which specifically protect and retain those essential trace minerals so you can get a healthy natural intake each day.
What you and I need to do is simply find a system that will take out and leave in the things I’ve listed here. You will find there are moderately priced whole-house water treatment systems out there that will do all this.
The expensive systems I would steer away from are those based on reverse osmosis and on distillation.
Reverse osmosis fails to get my tick because it depends on electricity, it produces huge amounts of waste water as it functions, it can’t stop chemicals with a smaller molecular size than water, and it filters out those healthy essential minerals I’ve just mentioned.
Distillers get rid of the chemicals and so on, but that is the problem. They get rid of everything, essential minerals included. You end up drinking sterile water!
The top line whole-house water treatment systems use a combination of ceramic filters and carbon activated filters to remove contaminants and yet let the natural minerals pass through.
These systems can be small and relatively inexpensive. They don’t take long to be more cost effective than buying bottled water, for instance. In fact I know of one, and I have information about it on my web site pure-drinkingwater.com, that meets these criteria and yet treats 300,000 gallons before you have to touch it.