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Water Purifiers Explained

What is a water purification system?

A water purification system is a device or a series of treatment processes that remove contaminants and impurities from water. These contaminants can include various types of particles, bacteria, viruses, chemicals, minerals, and other pollutants that may be present in the water source.

Who would benefit from a water purification system?

Families: Water purification systems are commonly chosen by families raising children to ensure that drinking water is safe and free from contaminants. This is especially important for infants and young children, as they are more vulnerable to the effects of impurities in water.

Homeowners: Homeowners may invest in water purification systems to improve the quality and taste of their tap water, protect their plumbing and appliances from mineral build-up, and increase the longevity of their faucets.

Individuals with Health Concerns: People with specific health conditions or compromised immune systems may benefit from water purification to remove potential pathogens, heavy metals, or other contaminants that could exacerbate their health issues.  

For example:

Individuals with weakened immune systems may seek the safety of water purification to help guard against infections.

The removal of heavy metals can offer comfort to those with kidney problems; hence, dialysis centres use water purification systems.

Individuals with allergies might seek purified water to avoid irritants in unfiltered water.

Patients with gastrointestinal issues can enhance their resilience to waterborne diseases.

Asthma sufferers may find access to purified water for drinking and cooking ensures that individuals with asthma are not exposed to any potential irritants or allergens in unfiltered water.

Water purification is regularly chosen by pregnant women to reduce potential risks to their baby's health.

Seniors may choose water purification for added safety against contaminants.

Children, Purified water is essential for children as it safeguards their health by eliminating harmful contaminants, ensuring proper hydration, and supporting optimal growth and cognitive development.

Cancer patients undergoing treatment could use purified water to minimise risks. Purified Water is gentle on the stomach and minimises risks to potentially irritating chemicals.

Anyone with sensitivities to specific contaminants may opt for water purification for their well-being.

 

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Will they work well in a caravan, motorhome or even a yacht ?

Absolutely, access to purified water promotes better health and comfort during your travel adventures and are extremely popular with travellers.

Owners of caravans, motorhomes or yachts may choose to install a water purification system for several reasons:

Safe Drinking Water: A water purification system ensures that the water used for drinking and cooking is safe and free from contaminants, reducing the risk of waterborne illnesses while on the road.

Versatility: Having a built-in water purification system allows travellers to source water from various places, including campsites, rivers, or lakes, and still have clean water for consumption.

 

Other potential reasons to use a purification system

 

Protecting Against Hard Water: Some areas have hard water, which contains high levels of minerals like calcium and magnesium. A water softener, often included in purification systems, can prevent mineral build up in pipes and appliances.

 

Contaminated Water Areas: Individuals living in regions with known water quality issues, such as high levels of lead, arsenic, or bacterial contamination, can significantly benefit from water purification systems.

 

Environmental Impact: By using a water purification system, you reduce your reliance on bottled water. This, in turn, reduces plastic waste and the environmental impact of bottling, transporting, and disposing of bottled water

 

 Is a Water Purification System the same as process as Reverse Osmosis?

 

Water purification and reverse osmosis are related concepts, but they are not the same thing. Water purification is a broader term that encompasses various methods and processes used to remove contaminants, impurities, and pollutants from water to make it safe and suitable for drinking or other purposes. Water purification methods can include filtration, chemical treatment, sedimentation, and more.

 

Reverse osmosis (RO), on the other hand, is a specific water purification technology that uses a semi-permeable membrane to remove a wide range of contaminants from water. It is a physical process that involves applying pressure to force water through a membrane, which blocks the passage of ions, molecules, and particles larger than water molecules. This process effectively removes many contaminants, including salts, minerals, heavy metals, and some organic compounds. Reverse osmosis is particularly effective at desalting seawater and brackish water and is commonly used in residential and commercial water treatment systems.

So, while reverse osmosis is a water purification method, water purification, in general, encompasses a wide range of techniques and technologies beyond just reverse osmosis. The choice of water purification method depends on the specific water source, the types of contaminants present, and the desired water quality.


How big are water purification systems?


The size of a water purification system can vary widely depending on its intended purpose, the volume of water it needs to treat, and the specific technology or method used for purification. Water purification systems can range from small, portable devices designed for individual use to large, industrial-scale installations. Our purification systems are designed for residential use therefore can easily fit under a sink or on a countertop Here are some common examples of water purification systems and their typical sizes:

Point-of-Use Systems: These are small, compact systems designed to treat water at the point where it is consumed. Common examples include countertop water filters and under-sink reverse osmosis units. They are typically compact and can fit under a sink or on a countertop.

Household Filtration Systems: Whole-house or residential water purification systems are larger than point-of-use systems. They are typically installed in a utility room or basement and are responsible for treating all the water entering a home. The size can vary, but they are generally around the size of a water heater.

Can I install the system myself, or do I need professional installation?

Point-of-Use Systems (e.g., under-sink filters, countertop filters) are typically the easiest to install and can often be done by homeowners with basic plumbing skills. Full installation instructions are provided.

What maintenance is required?

The water purifier has been designed to be essentially maintenance free. In the case of the installation, the only moving parts are in the faucet, and these are ceramic. Since no chemicals or electricity are required, and there are essentially no moving parts, maintenance is quite minimal. Units and faucets should be cleaned with a soft cloth and a non-abrasive cleaner. Cartridges should be replaced as indicated, usually once a year

Can I change the purification cartridge myself?

Purification cartridges are easily changed by the homeowner. Complete instructions are packed with each cartridge. No tools are required. 

Conclusion

Water purification systems are an incredible advancement in technology that plays a pivotal role in safeguarding our health and the environment. Access to clean and safe drinking water is not a luxury but a basic human right, and water purification systems ensure that this right is upheld. They reduce the risk of waterborne diseases, remove harmful contaminants, improve the taste and odour of water, and have numerous health benefits. 

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