Drinking water systems are becoming the gold standard in many homes today. Water quality and safety are one of the top concerns among homeowners. Couple that with the fact that buying bottled water is not only expensive, but has a huge environmental impact, and you can see why drinking water systems and water filters are quickly becoming a requirement for many homeowners. But how do you choose from all the different drinking water systems on the market today?
Knowing what contaminants you want to filter out of your water is the first step toward choosing the correct drinking water system. Most systems will filter out the major contaminants such as chlorine, copper, lead, parasites etc., but there are drinking water systems that filter out some contaminates better than others. Our LINX Drinking Water Systems for example, can reduce nitrates down to a zero detect level whereas most other systems can reduce nitrate levels, but not down to the zero detect level. If you happen to reside in an area with a higher nitrate contamination, the best choice would be a system with superior nitrate filtration.
If your water filtration needs are fairly simple, then most standard drinking water systems would do the trick. A reverse osmosis (RO) system would be a good choice in this instance; they do a fantastic job at water filtration and will produce great tasting water at the tap. There are RO systems that can produce up to 50 gallons of drinking water a day, or if you don’t require as much, there are smaller options as well.
Another consideration when choosing a drinking water system is their environmental impact. With many counties in our area under heavy water restrictions due to drought conditions, it would make sense to choose an environmentally friendly system. Unfortunately, a reverse osmosis isn’t the best choice when it comes to preserving water; the water waste created by a RO system can be pretty dramatic. It can take almost eleven gallons of water to make just one pot of coffee, so needless to say, water conservation is definitely not a top priority with a RO.
Our high-efficiency LINX Drinking Water System, on the other hand, is a fantastic choice for water conservation. It can operate with up to 90 percent less water waste than an RO and still provide superior filtered drinking water. Another great feature is that it comes equipped with a water saving automatic shut-off built right into the system. The LINX system also has the ability to provide virtually unlimited filtered water; the tank can regenerate in minutes versus hours for an RO. If you are still unsure, and have more questions on what type of drinking water system is right for you, give us a call and we will answer any questions you have, while helping you make the best decision for your home.