Is It Safe to Drink Unfiltered Water? - Ballard Plumbing Heating & Air Conditioning

Is It Safe to Drink Unfiltered Water?

Is filtered water safe to drink

Is filtered water a necessity for you and your family’s health and safety? Today the experts here at Ballard dive into that question!

Water quality in California

There are a few things to consider when answering this question. First, let’s look at the quality of water in California. Despite the Clean Water Act, all California water isn’t necessarily clean. 95% of California’s rivers and lakes contain pesticides, metals, pathogens, etc. Some of this pollution is caused by runoff, either from farms or other cities. If there are enough pathogens in the water, it can even lead to gastrointestinal problems. One good example is Stockton, CA, where an outbreak of algal blooms in 2020 was 49 times the Clean Water Act’s designated danger level.

On the bright side, the Inland Empire area is a leader in treating urban runoff/wastewater so that it can be reused. That is a good thing because it saves water by allowing it to be reused in times of drought, rather than just using it once and dumping it. Also, preventing polluted water from being left is brilliant because that is what can make us sick later! So, we are proud of our own Inland Empire for being one of the safest places in California when it comes to water quality.

The still-existing danger

However, even though the Inland Empire is doing better than most, unfiltered drinking water still comes with some risks. Because there’s a difference between complying or meeting legal standards when it comes to water quality and the water is completely safe to drink. For example, when it comes to arsenic, chromium, and acid disinfectant, all of these levels are under the legal limit here in the “Empire,” but over the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power-recommended limit!

So, if you’re trying to protect yourself and your family as much as possible, is there any way to get rid of these trace dangerous contaminants in your water? Yes, with a water filter!

Different types of water filters

There are many different types of water filters available on the market today. Some filters are designed to remove specific contaminants, while others are designed to remove all contaminants. The type of filter you need depends on the quality of your water and your personal needs. Here are a few popular types of water filters:

1. Carbon filters: These filters are designed to remove chlorine, VOCs, and other chemicals from your water.

2. UV filters: These filters are designed to kill viruses and bacteria in your water.

3. Reverse osmosis filters: These filters are designed to remove all contaminants from your water, including metals and minerals.

What we recommend

We believe that reverse osmosis systems are the best here at Ballard because they include a pre-filter, membrane, storage tank, and post-filter to deliver the freshest, cleanest water possible.

Now that you know a little more about water quality in California and the different types of water filters available, you can make an informed decision about your family’s need for a water filter. If you have any questions or want to have a water filtration system installed in your home, contact us online or call! 909-297-1914

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