Investing in a drinking water filter system for your home and/or office use is the most reliable and inexpensive way to get healthy drinking water, regardless of whether you have tap water or well water.
Most tap water in the U.S. is believed to contain “at least small amounts of some contaminants,” according to the Environmental Protection Agency.
We might have a tendency to think a “small amount” of toxicity is nothing to worry about. However, the cumulative effect of ingesting water contaminants over a period of many years is significant.
The known health effects of chlorine in drinking water from the tap is enough to warrant concern. Chlorine is used as a water treatment additive in almost all U.S. municipal water treatment facilities.
If you have well water, you do not have to worry about water treatment chemicals added to your water. However, at any given time, depending on where you live, a variety of contaminants may end up in your groundwater for a number of reasons.
The EPA also cautions people who are drinking water from a private well to take special precautions to ensure the water is safe to drink.
With well water, the only way to be sure you are getting safe drinking water on a daily basis is to use a drinking water filter system.
If you are still unsure whether you need a water filtration system for your home or office, check out our page What Is In Tap Water to identify the types of contaminants found in tap water and how they might affect your long-term health.
Note: Water contaminants are especially harmful to young children and older adults.
Our reviews and recommendations for the following drinking water filters are based on personal experience, interviews with water technicians, independent third-party reviews, customer feedback, and buyer ratings.
Most drinking water filters are installed at or near the point of use, such as the kitchen sink or faucet. They can also be used in conjunction with a whole house water filter system.
You will find recommendations for some of the leading manufacturers, including Aquasana, Crystal Quest, Berkey, Watts, Culligan, and Pur. The leading water ionizers are manufactured by Sanastec and EmcoTech.
Hundreds of thousands of people have found bottled water to be a convenient drinking water solution.
What most people don't know is that bottled water is poorly regulated. It may not be as clean as you think it is. In fact, nearly 40 percent of all bottled water is just re-processed tap water.
The drinking water filter systems we recommend use multi-stage filtration media rather than reverse osmosis or distillation.
There are a number of reasons for our preference of multi-stage carbon block filtration over other water purification methods. The reasons are based on personal experience, our understanding of health and physiology, and an awareness that not all water is the same.
For example, reverse osmosis changes not only the composition of water (removes the minerals) but also its structure. These changes are NOT conducive to optimal hydration and body metabolism.
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