Deal with Dirty Drinking WaterHave you ever gone to your fridge and found your Brita pitcher empty, no bottled water in sight? Before my home had a water purification system, I used to drink tap water, of course, but it never tasted quite as good as the filtered stuff. So, before we talk solutions, I want to clarify the reasons so many of us prefer bottled or filtered water over the tap:
- Pollutants: There have been extensive studies in the past decade, and they’ve found pollutants in tap water. This probably isn’t a big problem in Elk Grove, where the city keeps careful tabs on water, but in rural areas nearby things like fertilizer and pesticides seep into the ground, which is especially dangerous for homes with private wells.
- Chemicals: Some people also have mixed feelings about the chemicals cities use to purify water, like fluoride and chlorine. In my experience, almost everyone agrees chlorine makes water taste funny. A good water filtration system will remove the chemicals, vastly improving the taste of your water.
Clean Your Water, Clean Your LifeMaybe you love your Brita pitcher, or you work for a bottled water company who gives you expensive cases of filtered water for free. Even if you’re not interested in drinking tap water, having purified H2O in your home will still contribute to your overall health—chlorinated or hard water can be very damaging to your body. Elk Grove’s most recent water report shows the chlorine level at 1.02 PPM, or parts per million. That number is enough to interfere with your health and beauty routine. Take your hair for instance. So many people worry about the effect unpurified water, specifically chlorinated water, has on hair that health and beauty magazines have written articles about ways to counter its drying effect, and the subsequent breakage. Here’s an idea: why not eliminate the chlorine from your life altogether? Then, you won’t need the remedies. Taking chlorine out of water can also benefit your skin, reducing the risk of eczema, acne, and other rashes. In other words, clean water can give you healthier skin and hair less susceptible to drying out, which is especially important this time of year in a place like Elk Grove, as the upcoming seasons will bring 100 degrees days May to September.
Water Filtration Systems 101The problems associated with polluted or overly-chlorinated water have become clear—as clear as a crisp glass of filtered H2O. So, what can be done to fix the water quality in your home? I’d suggest looking into having a water filtration installed by a professional. There are so many good options available that it can sometimes seem difficult to pick the right one, but a local professional can help, one who knows Elk Grove, its hard water problems—and its solutions. One thing you can actively evaluate is a system’s grains per gallon, or GPG, which is a unit of water hardness defined as 1 grain of calcium carbonate dissolved in 1 gallon of water. The harder water is, the higher the chance it will leave spots on your dishes or wreak havoc with your skin and hair. Use these numbers as a guide:
- 0 to 3.5 GPG: soft water
- 3.56 to 7.01 GPG: moderately hard water
- 7.06 to 10.51 GPG: hard water
- 10.57 and up: very hard water