Have you thought about installing a water treatment system in your home? If not, did you know that in 2012, the Environmental Working Group (EWG) ranked San Diego 92nd in water quality out of 100 U.S. cities? The rankings were base on 3 factors:
- Total number of chemicals detected since 2004
- Percentage of chemicals found of those tested
- Highest average level for each pollutant compared with legal limits or national averages
There are so many benefits to living in San Diego; unfortunately, our water quality is not one of them. San Diego actually has some of the hardest water in the nation. This means there are a lot of minerals that can build up in your home's plumbing, causing inefficiencies and increased utility costs. There are quite a few water treatment options to keep your home and family healthy. So how do you choose?
Water Treatment Filtration vs Water Softeners
Water treatment refers to water filtration or water softening. Water softening is sometimes referred to as water conditioning. These are different solutions for different issues. Water filters remove contaminants such as chloride, copper, bacteria, and parasites from the water supply. Water filters use a variety of methods to filter out impurities, including carbon filters, distillers, reverse osmosis and ultraviolet light. Water softeners, on the other hand, specifically remove the minerals magnesium and calcium that can build up and cause scaling in systems like your water heater. Water softeners use ion exchange to remove calcium and magnesium from water.
Whole-Home vs Point-of-Use Water Treatment
Point-of-use water treatment refers to treatment at the point of consumption rather than at a centralized point. They treat water in batches and deliver water to a single tap. An example of this would be a water filter mounted on a kitchen faucet. Whole-home or point-of-entry systems treat most of the water entering the home and are usually installed after the water meter. Water softeners typically fall into this category.
Green Water Filtration
Several companies use reverse osmosis to treat water. This might make the water more pleasant to taste, but this method is definitely not green. Approximately three to four gallons of water go unused and down the drain for every gallon of usable water it produces. Water is expensive in San Diego and level of the type of waste is as financially silly as it is environmentally irresponsible.
San Diego Green Water Treatment Options:
InLine Whole House Water Filters—
This system is optimal for chlorine or chloramine treated municipal water customers.
Always Fresh® Water Filtration—
This is a five stage point-of-use drinking water system that ties directly into your kitchen faucet.
FLOW-TECH HOME® Water Softener—
This whole-home softener descales and prevents new scale build-up for improved efficiency for water-using appliances.
FLOW-TECH HOME® Plus Water Softener—
This is the greenest option for municipal water customers with hard water. It combines a carbon system with the ultimate descaler.
InLine Ion Exchange Water Softener—
This softener also removes the calcium and magnesium in hard water and is especially recommended if heavy metals are present.
InLine Filter/Softener Duo System—
This double whammy whole-home system filters through a carbon system and softener with traditional ion exchange. This is the recommended system for municipal water customers that not only want to filter, but also condition their water.
Test Your Water
The first step in determining the right water treatment system for your home is to test your incoming water supply. We can come out and do a quick water test to see what levels of hardness and chlorine are in your water. With that information, we can recommend a system that best fits your needs. Call us today or request an appointment online.