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Water Filtration 101: How to Identify the Right System For Your Home By Nathan Marks



Did you know that the average family of four uses 400 gallons of water every day? With approximately 70 percent of that water used indoors, every homeowner has their own reason for using a water filtration system.

Did you know that the average family of four uses 400 gallons of water every day? With approximately 70 percent of that water used indoors, every homeowner has their own reason for using a water filtration system¹. For some, it may be to improve the taste of drinking water, cut back on bottled water costs and reduce plastic waste. Others may want to reduce contaminants from the water used for coffee, baby bottles, cooking and more, or even help reduce stress on home appliances and plumbing.

The first step is to determine what type of system fits your family's lifestyle and filtration needs. Bottle-filling water stations are ideal for busy families that need water on the go, while fast filtering slim pitchers and in-line refrigerator systems are great for ice-cold, better tasting water at their fingertips in the kitchen. Under-sink systems can be easily installed at any faucet in your home, and whole-house systems filter all incoming water used by washing machines, showers, toilets, sinks and more.

The next step is to decide which of the four levels of filtration your family needs. Each year in early July, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency sends a report to homeowners listing contaminants that may be in local drinking water. Depending on your specific needs, Filtrete Brand offers a full line of water filtration products ranging from Basic Filtration to Maximum Filtration, addressing additional contaminants with each filtration level. Here are a few examples of what to consider when you're deciding which level to choose:

• Basic Filtration: Washing machine: Discolored or cloudy water from faucets are common indicators of sediment. Homes located on a coast or near a large river or lake are more likely to have more sediment in their water. The full line of Filtrete Water Filtration Products help to reduce sediment, sand, soil, silt and rust.

Standard Filtration: Does your coffee or tea emit pungent odors? Do your children complain about the taste of tap water and ask for bottled water instead? If so, consider the Standard Filtration level. In addition to reducing sediment, sand, soil, silt and rust, it also reduces chlorine taste and odor from your drinking water.

Advanced Filtration: You can't detect microbial cysts from the taste and smell of your drinking water. These cysts can potentially cause gastrointestinal illness like nausea and stomach cramps – often an initial indicator for homeowners.² Advanced Filtration helps reduce cysts that may be in your drinking water, while still reducing the contaminants covered by the Basic Filtration and Standard Filtration levels.

Maximum Filtration: Consider using Maximum Filtration to help reduce lead that may be leaching into your water from old plumbing. If you are concerned with your water containing volatile organic compounds (VOCs) and other contaminants, choose the highest filtration level—Maximum Filtration Plus. It reduces select VOCs including the herbicide atrazine and the pesticide toxaphene as well as select pharmaceuticals that may be found in your water.

¹United States Environmental Protection Agency, "Indoor Water Use in the United States."
http://www.epa.gov/WaterSense/pubs/indoor.html

²United States Environmental Protection Agency, "Basic Information About Pathogens and Indicators in Drinking Water."
http://water.epa.gov/drink/contaminants/basicinformation/pathogens.cfm