Water filtration systems can help to eliminate unwanted chemicals in your water, and there are many options to choose from. Regular water filters will remove some unwanted contaminants from your water, and alkaline water filters offer the added benefit of balancing out the water's pH level. Reverse osmosis filters may remove additional contaminants from your water. The one you choose will depend on your needs and your kitchen's existing setup. Here are just a few options for adding water filtration to your own for fresh, delicious drinking water.
Under-the-sink water filtration systems attach to the sink's plumbing to deliver filtered water to the faucet. They save space, as they aren't attached directly to your faucet, and they remain hidden from sight for a more aesthetically pleasing look. This option can deliver a lot of water, and it means that even the water you want to cook with from your tap will be filtered. You may want to have a plumber install this type of filter if you aren't comfortable with making any changes to your water pipes on your own. Under-the-sink filters are available with traditional filtering systems, alkaline water systems and reverse osmosis systems.
Pitcher Water Filters
Pitchers with water filters are a great option if you rent and are not able to make any changes to your sink or your plumbing. They feature separate water reservoirs that you fill with plain tap water, and their integrated filters help to remove chemicals and contaminants. The filtered water is collected in the pitcher below the filter. If you choose this option, you may want to consider having two pitchers in your kitchen; one for drinking water and one for water you intend to cook with. You may also want to have an extra pitcher on-hand if you have a large family. Pitcher filtration can be found with alkaline water filtration or traditional filters.
Faucet-Mounted Water Filters
Some water filters attach directly onto your faucet to filter the water as it leaves the tap. These may be a bit easier for you to install as a DIY project, but they may detract from the beauty of your existing kitchen faucet. Be sure to check the compatibility of any faucet-mounted filter, as they may not all work with your existing sink setup. Faucet-mounted filters are available in traditional filtering and alkaline filtering models. You can also purchase faucets that include built-in filters and reverse osmosis systems.
If you have water sourced from your local municipality, check your Consumer Confidence Report (CCR). This report will show what types of contaminants you have in your water, and some are posted on the EPA's website so you can quickly check your water quality. Once you know what is in your water, you can determine if you need water filtration and what type you need. Then you simply have to choose which of these filter styles works best in your kitchen. Contact a supplier, like Blue Gold For Life, for more help.