Top 5 Things to Do to Have Healthier Water
Drinking Water Week | Drinking Water | Healthy Water | CDC

Every year during the month of August we celebrate National Water Quality Month. It makes sense that it’s during the hottest month of the year, too. This is the season when hydration matters the most — for our plants, our furry friends, our families, and our own bodies. Last year we discussed the myriad of ways in which water matters to our lives. And this year, we’re putting all of our focus on the positives: how to have healthier water in your own home.

Because no matter if you’re on well water, city water, or just looking to filter contaminants in your kitchen, there are so many ways to get clean, healthy water for your whole family.


Most cities source their water from the closest river, aquifer or lake. At Aquasana (headquartered in sunny Austin, Texas), our water is sourced from the Colorado River as it runs into Lake Travis and Lake Austin.

But no matter which municipality you’re drawing water from, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) requires that each municipality test and release an annual water quality report (every July 1st) called the Consumer Confidence Report (CCR). This report will tell you everything you need to know about the quality of the water as it leaves the treatment facility and reaches your home.

Using Austin for an example, a recent Water Quality Report revealed contaminants present in drinking water, including, “viruses and bacteria…pesticides and herbicides…organic chemicals, from industrial or petroleum use, [and] radioactive materials, which can be naturally-occurring.”

But here’s the thing. That report shows what happens after treatment, not before. And even though the EPA says these contaminants are okay in small amounts, that doesn’t sit well with us and shouldn’t sit well with you either. As a …

How Do Water Filters Work? What are Water Filters?

Water Filters remove unwanted impurities from water such as sediment, taste and odour, hardness and bacteria to result in better quality water. From producing better-tasting drinking water to more specialist applications such as brewing coffee and making crystal clear ice, we offer a huge range of filters and cartridges to solve any number of water-related issues.

The 5 Types of Filters

Household Jug Water Filter

Subject to your application, i.e. what you’re trying to remove or in some circumstances trying to stop, there are 5 types of water filters:

  1. Mechanical Filters
  2. Absorption Filters
  3. Sequestration Filters
  4. Ion Exchange Filters
  5. Reverse Osmosis Filters

Each one of these addresses a different water problem and many filters actually use a combination of these methods to perform multiple levels of filtration.

How Do They Work?

Water is one of the most important substances on the planet, it covers 71% of the Earth’s surface and the human body can contain as much as 75% of the stuff. Water is vital to a huge number of applications including agriculture, science, medical, transportation, heating, recreation and food processing as well as washing and perhaps most important of all: drinking.

For the majority of us, drinking water comes from a treated municipal supply which is safe to drink but will often feature unpleasant tastes and odours from chemicals such as chlorine which are used to disinfect the water and keep it free of germs and bacteria. Depending on where you live, you may also find that your mains water causes limescale deposits to form which can block pipes and damage appliances. These issues, chlorine taste / odour and limescale formation are just two among a host of other common water problems which can be solved by water filtration. But how do water filters actually work?


The basic idea of mechanical filtration is …

Water Filtration Systems for Your Faucet
filtration | Definition, Examples, & Processes | Britannica

Water filtration is a general term that refers to any system or process that is used to filter out particles and pollutants from water. It doesn’t necessarily need to be a purifier to make the cut. Anything that removes any amount of particles, sediment, bacteria, and the chlorine taste can be called water filtration. If it has a filter of any type, it’s a filtration system.

Types of Filtration

Filtration systems can include activated carbon charcoal filters either designed within a pitcher or included as part of a faucet-mount or tap-installed filter, ultraviolet (UV) light units, reverse osmosis, water distillers (whole system or portable counter), or another form of water treatment process. The term incorporates home filter systems, as well as much larger scale municipal or public water treatment plants. Some appliances are also designed with water filtration features such as refrigerator models which come with onboard filtered water/ice or freestanding water cooler/dispensers.FEATURED VIDEO

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There are many different types of water filters available, and your buying decisions will be influenced by the present condition of your water. If it’s not potable, you’ll need a process to remove or destroy harmful bacteria, minerals, and pollutants for starters. Your local water expert is the best professional to help you evaluate your choices.

Once water testing has confirmed what is in your water, you will be given remedy options to make your drinking water safe (potable). Installation requirements and costs will be discussed, based on needs and whether you own your home or not. Today, there are many choices, and these systems are much more affordable than they were a decade ago.

Keep It Clean

Whether you choose a small filter or a large unit, maintenance is key to …