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How You Can Improve the Quality of Water in Your Home

Every time we turn on the tap, we want to know the water will be clean and safe to drink. However, water quality is different across the country, across towns, and even across the street. Homeowners looking to improve the quality of their water can take the following steps:

Know what’s in your water

If you use city water, contact your municipality for its Consumer Confidence Report, which provides a general overview of the water supply. If you are on well water, or use city water but would like a report specific to your home, work with a water treatment professional who can run a comprehensive test and make the appropriate recommendations.

Pick your solution

When selecting a solution, consider what it is you are trying to remove. A whole home system filters the water where it enters the home, and is suitable where sediment or chlorine are a concern. Water that is intended for drinking is best suited to an undersink drinking water system to filter contaminants like lead and chlorine.

Select a technology

There are two primary types of drinking water technologies — carbon filtration and reverse osmosis. Carbon filtration is effective at reducing contaminants like lead, volatile organic chemicals, and chlorine taste and odor. Reverse osmosis systems employ carbon as well, but also use a membrane filter, which allows for finer filtration and further reduction of potential contaminants.

The benefits of treated water go beyond your family’s physical health. Sound water solutions achieve cost effectiveness by delivering bottle-quality refreshment at a fraction of the price, and can even help extend the life of your appliances.

A simple change can bring peace of mind to your family. To find a water solution for your home, visit

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