Whether we drink from a plastic bottle or a kitchen faucet, we expect clean, crisp water. But headlines about toxic lead and chlorine remind us that our water supply doesn’t always flow fresh from cascading mountain waterfalls. Do we really know how safe our drinking water is?
Lead is a heavy metal that leaches from corroding water lines and home plumbing fixtures. It’s unsafe at any level. Chlorine is used to kill germs in water systems, but disinfection byproducts can also pose a health threat. Chlorine is tied to higher incidences of cancer, especially in rural and low-income areas.Water filter pitchers aren’t a magic fix, but many can reduce lead, chlorine, and unpleasant tastes or smells.
Pitchers are the second-most preferred type of water filter after those built into refrigerators And they’re relatively inexpensive, typically less than $40, and easy to use. Just fill them at the tap and wait for the water to flow through the cartridge.
1. Filters Can Make Water Taste and Smell Better
Compounds and chemicals such as zinc, chlorine, and hydrogen sulfide can make your water have a metallic flavor or smell like sewage.Most models are quite effective with flavor and odor reduction.
2. All Water Filter Pitchers Are Different
No filter does it all. Some pitchers remove bad-tasting contaminants like chlorine, zinc, and hydrogen sulfide. Others remove lead. If a pitcher does filter out lead—or other contaminants such as volatile organic compounds, heavy metals, pharmaceuticals, and hormones—the packaging should cite a separate certification mark for each. If your water contains serious contaminants, a water pitcher filter might not be enough to mitigate the problem. You might need a more comprehensive filtration system.
Manufacturer instructions will tell you how often to change the filter. Usually, it’s every two months or 40 gallons, whichever comes first. You’ll want to follow those guidelines because filters clogged with particulates simply stop working. Also, the activated carbon in filters that traps flavors and odors has a finite capacity to absorb them before it stops functioning.If you notice water flowing slowly from your pitcher, it’s likely that the filter is clogged and it’s time to replace it. Some water filter pitchers have a filter-life indicator that tells you when it’s time for a replacement.
Pursafet water filter pitcher system offers purer, safer and greater tasting water for your every day life.