A common tap water treatment strategy across municipalities in America is called disinfection. Water treatment facilities use a disinfectant (chlorine and/or chloramine) to kill any viruses, parasites or bacteria. Artificial fluoride is also added in the hopes of improving dental hygiene. In some rare circumstances even after water leaves the treatment plant, old pipes can even put lead in tap water, as is the case in Denver. For households wishing not to have these additional substances added to their drinking water, there are some alternatives.
Some consumers consider water filters to remove impurities and chemical additives from tap water in the hopes of making it healthier to drink. But did you know that these water filters can actually remove important, naturally occurring electrolytes and minerals as well? Besides home filtration systems, there are several options for households and businesses in Colorado. Before deciding which option is best for your household, you’ll want to know how water filters work and all the alternatives.
How Water Filters Work
Generally speaking, a water filtration system works to remove certain contaminants from a source water through either physical or biological means. Water passes through course and fine physical barriers that allow only water to pass through. This leaves unwanted substances behind but can also remove naturally occurring electrolytes and minerals. There are several types of water filtration systems including media, screen, disk, sand, cloth, biological and reverse osmosis.
Reverse osmosis filters are usually mounted in a sink or holding tank. It uses a membrane to remove impurities such as lead, arsenic, mercury, cadmium and other impurities, followed by an activated carbon filter that removes chlorine. However, this can be a very wasteful system, wasting 3 liters per 1 liter of purified water.
Consider also that water filters in general can noticeably slow down the flow at the faucet, and if the speed is slowed down too much, the filter becomes an inconvenience that no one in your household will use. Once a filter is replaced, flow rates should get faster and faster, but many filters slow down as they approach replacement time.
DIY Water Treatment
There are a lot of different do-it-yourself methods of water treatment that you can find on the internet, from boiling water to creating a makeshift filter with sediment in a bottle. Some people have even set up a rig to distill water straight from the tap. While these measures could be useful in dealing with an emergency scenario in which clean water is no longer available, they are impractical for an everyday drinking water solution for the long-term. Additionally, like water filter systems you can purchase, a DIY solution can leave your water free of naturally occurring minerals that you would find in natural spring water.
Distillation is a process that boils water and the steam is collected and condensed in a separate container. While this can leave many of the solid contaminants behind, this can be an inconvenient process just to get a drink of water. With such a time-consuming process, people can end up ditching this for a more convenient option.
Natural Spring Water Home Delivery
Natural spring water is exactly what it sounds like. Water that is found flowing naturally from underground aquifers to the earth's surface. Spring water is a natural alternative that contains electrolytes and minerals with none of the undesired components. In reality, water in its truest form right from the earth shouldn’t be tampered with. This is because the proportions of naturally occurring minerals in spring water are what the human body needs. Home filtration systems and other options may work to remove undesirable components of tap water such as chlorine or lead, but also removes naturally occurring minerals and electrolytes that the body needs. Consider also that the mineral content of spring water contributes to its flavor profile and is generally considered more tasteful compared to filtered water.
Convenient Home Delivery for Colorado Residents
At Eldorado Springs, we believe spring water is the most natural and healthy option available. Our spring water is considered an extraordinary source because it surfaces in an environment free from contamination. Eldorado Springs water is sourced from an artesian spring, with both a mineral and chemical makeup ensuring it is healthful and delicious (award winning taste).
Eldorado Natural Spring Water contains naturally occurring electrolytes such as Sodium, Potassium, Calcium, Magnesium and Bicarbonate. The more you sweat, the more electrolytes and hydration you lose. Hydrating with Eldorado Natural Spring Water is a good choice for hydration as it contains many of these essential minerals and nutrients that filtration systems remove. Learn more about our convenient home water delivery plans in Colorado.