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Does Your Garden Need Filtered Water?
Posted by Ty Woods on 18 January 2012 02:12 PM

You have heard about the importance of drinking filtered water, but what about your garden? Does it need to have the contaminants removed just as much as you do? The answer to that depends on the quality of your water and the type of garden you have.

How Good is your Water?

The quality of your water depends on where you live. Some cities invest a lot of time and money into providing their inhabitants with clean water, but others do not. Some have taken the time replace old piping and research new filtration methods, but others simply haven’t made an effort. A visit to your city’s  water department website or a call to their office should give you some preliminary information about the quality of your water.  Find out about their testing methods and what they found in those tests.  You can also look up comparative studies of water quality by state or city. If you find that your city’s water is good, you may not need a filter.

What Type of Garden Do you Have?

Gardens can be divided into two main groups: flowers and food. Flower gardens are for beauty, and they may not need filtered water if your flowers are already thriving on your current water. However, if you feel your flowers aren’t reaching their full potential, it could be that the poor water quality is preventing them from blooming fully. Flowers are living. They may not be able to walk and talk, but they need water, air and nutrients just like a human. If the water they are getting is poor, they can get sick.
Food gardens are live too, and high quality water is even more important for them because you will be eating the products. The best way to decide if your garden needs filtered water is to ask yourself the following question:  Would I drink the water from my tap? If the answer is no, then you do need a filter. The water in your tap is the same water that comes out of your hose, so it makes no sense to water your plants (which you will be consuming) with water that you wouldn’t dare drink.  Any contaminants in that water will end up in your food.

How Much Have You Invested in Your Garden?

Are you a beginning gardener or have you been doing this for quite a while? Is it a new hobby you’re trying out or a genuine part of your lifestyle? The answers to these questions can help you decided whether or not you need filtered water for your garden. Obviously, filtered water is going to be more expensive, you so have to ask yourself if you are willing to make the investment. If you use organic soil and plant organic seeds and do you use fertilizer, it would seem counter intuitive to ruin all those organic ingredients with non filtered water. However, if you are just getting started out and don’t know much about gardening and aren’t will to invest much money, you would probably be better off just using the water you already have. If you later find that filtered water is what you prefer and think it would benefit your garden, you will not have a problem paying extra for a filter. People are more likely to be satisfied with their filters when they genuinely wanted to make the purchase and see filtered water as an asset. If a person feels guilted into buying it, they are less likely to maintain it and less likely to feel like they have made a good investment.

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Why You Need A Water Filtration System
Posted by Ty Woods on 18 January 2012 01:12 PM

A frighteningly wide variety of contaminants, ranging from toxic metals and synthetic chemicals to biological parasites can be found in American tap water. According to a recent EPA report, the United States’ water supply is home to over 2,000 kinds of potentially cancer-causing agents. While this information might prompt you to pick up bottled water the next time you’re thirsty, the solution isn’t that simple. Studies have indicated that bottled water is also home to many invisible contaminants, making it just a more expensive version of the same old problem. This data alone supports the broad benefits of water filtration systems but let’s take a closer look at the specific benefits of filtered water.

The benefits of an in-home water filtration system are vast. Purifying your own water supply is, in most circumstances, the most affordable and convenient means of insuring clean water for you and your family.

As a society that produces 80,000 toxic chemical byproducts on a daily basis, we live in a near-constant cycle of pollution. A large percentage of those pollutants eventually find their way into the water. Because the planet’s water supply is constantly reused and recycled, many of those contaminants are omnipresent in our water supply and, what’s worse, steadily growing. Although we have water treatment plants tasked with cleansing the water supply, the truth is that our current water treatment facilities are not equipped to handle the most potentially harmful toxins.

Municipal water treatment technology has been basically unchanged for over a century. In these plants, water is treated by being filtered through sand beds. The intent of this process is to eliminate visible pollutants to give the water a clean appearance. Afterwards, the water is chlorinated in an effort to purge organic bacteria. However, this process does nothing to combat synthetic chemicals which can be among the most detrimental of pollutants.

A home water filtration system is an easy and economical way to guarantee fresh, healthy water and avoid risking exposure to contaminants. Consider that at the turn of the 20th century, none of these pollutants were in our environment and cancer was only found in one out of every 50 American citizens. Now, just over 100 later, in a time when we’ve since been introduced to thousands of environmental toxins, one-third of Americans are diagnosed with cancer at some point in their lives. In the last 25 years alone, the rate of childhood cancer has ballooned by 300 percent.

Because cancer is largely the result of accumulated chemicals in the human body, a water filtration system can be a good first line of defense against future health problems, including cancer and other degenerative diseases. Water is the primary means through which our bodies purify themselves. If the water we drink isn’t pure, we’re never effectively purifying ourselves.

And let’s not forget taste. Water filtration systems eliminate a number of factors that can have an adverse effect on the way water tastes. Most filtration systems eliminate traces of lead, radon, radium, pesticides, and even byproducts of municipal water treatment that can seriously diminish the drinking quality of water in your home. With a home water filtration system, you’re guaranteed a refreshing drink every time.

So now that we know about the necessity of water filtration, what’s the best way to implement a system in your home? Water filtration systems can be broadly divided into two categories: Point of Use versus Point of Entry.

Point of Use systems filter the water a certain location, such as a sink or a shower. This can include anything from a simple filtered water pitcher to a small, faucet-mounted unit to a more complex reverse-osmosis unit. A reverse osmosis water filtration system cleanses water via a pressurized membrane that pulls out all chemicals and other microbes. Although these systems use a considerable amount of water to get the job done, they are highly effective in providing the cleanest water possible.

Point of Entry systems are a bit more involved. This kind of system filters an entire home’s water supply at the source, meaning the water dispensed at every faucet in the house is filtered. This includes things like water softeners and the less-familiar aerators. Aerators are filtration devices that utilize jets of air to remove pollutants.

Of course, there are many options within these two categories, and you’ll get the best results by determining your particular water filtration needs. Everything from a single faucet to a washing machine to an entire home can be outfitted with a water filtration system. In an age when the risks of unfiltered water are so rampant and the solution so relatively simple, it’s time to seriously consider a filtration system of your own.

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