So many people talk about the environment and how we are polluting it at an alarming rate, but are there actions behind their impassioned words? Our environment is comprised of many different things, but the most simplistic ingredients are water, air and non-living organisms. When even one of these components is compromised, it puts our entire eco-system at risk. All living things depend on a healthy environment so what can we, as individuals, do to ensure we are both protecting and preserving our environment.
As a water treatment company, we work with one of these vital components on a daily basis. We so often see how water is either being wasted or contaminated so we thought we would look at ways in which we can protect and preserve this precious commodity right in our own homes.
There are many areas that are faced with some serious water contamination issues. We encounter nitrate and arsenic contamination as well as hard water and mineral deposits in many of the homes we go into, so the first step is to determine the quality of the water your family is using and drinking so you can know the best way to treat it. Then the next step is to determine which water treatment system will cure your water issues in the most eco-friendly way possible.
If a water softener is what your home needs, you might want to consider using a salt-free water conditioning system. It reduces chlorine, removes any minerals that are causing problems, improves the taste and odor of your water and provides cleaner, clearer water from every faucet in your home. This is the same as any other water softener, but with one huge eco-friendly advantage – No salt consumption and no wastewater contamination. Water softeners in general are eco-friendly; they help preserve the integrity of your appliances, so there is no need to replace them as frequently. But, how much better would it be if you could eliminate the wastewater contamination part by using a salt free conditioner?
Next, let’s look at water filtration systems. Unfortunately, we encounter arsenic and nitrate water contamination all too frequently when we test water in homes; the only way to remove these chemicals as well as others that might be lurking in your drinking water is to employ a water filtration system. Not all water filtration systems are eco-friendly however; in fact some are downright wasteful. A typical reverse osmosis system does a fantastic job of filtering water; it removes harmful chemicals and other contaminants found in drinking water, but it wastes a TON of water in the process. In fact, it can waste as much as 8 gallons of water just to produce 1 gallon of filtered drinking water.
A much more eco-friendly choice would be an ion-exchange water filtration system such as the LINX Drinking Water System. Not only will it supply an almost endless amount of filtered water, but does so at a 90% water waste savings. So for virtually no water waste, you are able to remove all of the same, plus more, chemicals and contaminates as a typical reverse osmosis but in a much more eco-friendly way.
This is just a sampling of the small steps you can take in your home to be more environmentally conscious, but if we are all willing to make even small changes, we can collectively make a huge impact on our environment.