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Understanding How a Water Filter Deals with Bacteria In the Water
Posted by Ty Woods on 18 January 2012 02:06 PM

One of the most essential things for the human body is clean water. While we need clean water to rinse the filth from our bodies as well as to remove any bacteria or viruses that may be clinging onto the skin, clean drinking water is even more important than clean washing water. A large majority of people are now realizing how important clean water is to the human body, and are purchasing water filtration systems in order to ensure that they get clean drinking water from their taps. Many are also investing in smaller filtration systems so that they can have clean water to drink no matter where they may be.

While it makes sense that a water filtration system can easily remove things like minerals from your water, understanding how this type of filtration system is able to remove bacteria is a bit more complex. For large water treatment centers, the easiest way to remove pesky bacteria is to introduce chemicals into the water that are designed to kill the bacteria. Most homeowners, however, find that they do not want to be responsible for introducing chemicals into their drinking water, which may be the reason why they purchase the filtration systems to begin with. But what types of bacteria may actually be in your drinking water, and how can a common household filtration water system work to move bacteria and viruses from your water?

Pesky Bacteria

There are actually a number of different types of bacteria that may currently be residing in your household water, unfortunately the only way to know exactly what types of bacteria and viruses are in your water is to have it professionally tested. There are a number of different types of commonly found bacteria that may be lurking in your water, starting with giardia lamplia. This pesky microscopic parasite is easily spread through both animal and human feces. It is most often carried downstream through rivers and streams and can cause such symptoms as abdominal cramps, diarrhea, weight loss, and nausea. Most who are affected by this bacteria retain the symptoms for least a week.

Another pesky bacterium is Cryptosporidium. This bacteria is also spread through feces and can also be found in contaminated water. For 2 to 10 days, those who are infected deal with symptoms such as headaches, diarrhea, nausea, low-grade fever, and vomiting. E. coli can also be found in contaminated water and while most people are affected by E. coli only have symptoms for a week or so, there are some people who may be prone to more serious damage from this bacteria.

Removing Bacteria From Drinking Water

While there are many water filtration systems that promise to remove bacteria from water and yet do not, there are also a number of filtering systems that are perfectly capable of removing these types of bacteria. When you're shopping for a new water filtration system you should learn the difference between a water filter and a water purifier. While both types of systems may remove bacteria from water particles, ultraviolet water filters tend to have a better success rate than your typical water filtration system.

You should look for a system that has a pore size of 0.2 microns. This type of system is recognized in the industry as having the smallest filtering capability possible. This means that no bacteria that is larger than 0.2 microns is able to get through the filtration system, and because most common bacteria is larger than this, a filtration system that has a pore size that small should do a more than decent job of removing any pesky bacteria from your household water supply. It is also important, to make sure that you maintain your water filter system properly and regularly in order to ensure that it is working the way that it should be.

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