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People all across the country have turned to having their water treated or installing water filters to ensure the water they drink is clean from impurities. Depending where you live, you could have drinking water that is substandard from chemicals, bacteria, or it may just not taste very well. No matter what your reason, you will find that a water treatment system does help purify your water and it will taste better!

Currently, it is estimated that as many as 75% of homes in the United States have some type of water treatment system. When surveyed, more than 50% of the people using these systems stated that their number one concern was health related. The business itself has seen a huge explosion in growth, bringing the numbers to around $3.5 billion! If you are interested in cleaning up your water, you will discover hundreds of options to include an under the sink, reverse osmosis filter, or a spout mounted model that simply attaches to your faucet.

Although contracting an illness from water contaminated with bacteria is rare, there is a possibility. Then when you add in other risks such as chemicals, the risk does increase. Additionally, while a person may not feel ill for some time, if contaminated water is consistently consumed chromic illness could begin to show. Drinking water is processed through massive water treatment plants that do remove impurities that can cause disease as well as add chlorine. However, even with this treatment, studies have shown that very small traces of more than 2,000 toxins still exist.

To ensure water treatment plants meet tight guidelines set forth by the government, maximum contaminant levels have been determined. That means that all water utilities serving as few as 25 people have to follow these standards. The larger cities perform regular tests to ensure the standards are met before the drinking water is released to the public. The good thing about having the government in control of this is that they ensure water treatment plants are always using the most up-to-date equipment and testing methods.

The best thing you can do for you and your family is to determine if the water for your home is treated. You can do this by calling your local water utility and ask or request a copy of the water treatment report. The key questions would relate to frequency of testing, what the tests covers, and if the utility company has any past or present violations on file. With this information, you can then determine if you would benefit from a water treatment system. If so, visit your local hardware or home improvement store to see all the options.
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