Cleaning Water

by Karen Bates
(last updated August 25, 2014)

Many of us drink the water that comes right out of the tap, simply dealing with the taste and impurities that can go along with it. Although tap water is safe to drink in many cases, sometimes the quality of this water is less than you'd like. Other than buying bottled water to drink, you might not be sure how to get a great, clean water taste in your home.

Cleaning and filtering water can help you enjoy drinking water that is safe and delicious from your tap. There are different kinds of filtering options available, such as devices you can attach directly to the faucet or pitchers that filter water as you pour it in, leaving the water in the pitcher clean and ready to drink. Of course, before you purchase a water filtration system, it is important to do some research so you can be sure you make the best choice for you and your family.

There are a few main types of filtration systems that you can use to clean your water, each using a particular method to clean water and remove particles. These include:

  • Reverse osmosis. With this process, water is forced through a membrane with tiny holes under pressure, where only single molecules pass through. Here, particles are singled out from the water and removed, only allowing the clean water to end up in your drinking water supply.
  • Distillation. Distilling water is one of the oldest filtration methods there is. This process involves heating water to boiling, then condensing the vapor and collecting it. As the water is vaporized, many contaminants are removed to leave the water clean.
  • Carbon. Activated carbon is probably the most popular method for filtering water for home use. This technique improves the taste of your water while removing certain impurities. Water goes through a carbon filter, where potentially harmful compounds are absorbed and removed from your drinking water. This leaves you with water with better taste and less odor.

If one of the above filtration methods doesn't work for you, there are other options. It may be easiest for your to simply buy bottled water to drink. When considering bottled water, however, be sure to do your research first. You want to know that you are getting the best water possible, and that is is both clean and great-tasting. Remember, however, that bottled water can become pricey.

Author Bio

Karen Bates

An English student who enjoys writing and art, Karen has had her poetry published in her university's literary journal and has several novels in the works. ...

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