Improve Your Water Quality with Nifty Gadgets

January 12th, 2014 BY Marina Hanes | 3 Comments

Bottled water might be convenient for you, but it isn’t cheap or eco-friendly (unless you remember to recycle your bottles). Plus, you can never be sure how pure the bottled water is or where it came from. So save your money and utilize the water you already pay for at home by installing some simple and inexpensive gadgets that can improve your drinking water quality.

Why is Water Quality Important?

Water is essential to sustain life, so when it has impurities and contaminants, it can cause serious health and environmental issues. Water has an important role in our world, and we use it for a variety of activities such as drinking, growing crops, outdoor fun, industry uses, etc.

To find out the quality of your drinking water, you can purchase a test kit for $15 or less. This can provide you with basic information such as the water’s pH and presence of minerals and metals. Once you have a starting point, it’s easier to figure out what you need to work on improving.

Water-Filtration Systems

A water-filtration unit can rid your water of sediments and chemicals such as Benzene, lead and mercury. Brita’s filtering pitchers are efficient in removing these types of contaminants, and this product only costs $30. If you’re looking for a more convenient option, there are filters that attach directly to your faucet. Although these models may cost more, you can fill up your recyclable water containers and head out the door.

Top of the Line

Reverse osmosis filtration systems are the best of the best when it comes to filtering out contaminants. These systems are 99 percent effective, but they are pricier. Another effective unit is the Aquifer Filtration System from Kohler, which is a step above the water-filtration systems discussed above.

Kicking your bottled water habit is easy once you setup a convenient water filtration system in your home or office. After using one of these models, you may find that you save more money and reduce your plastic usage. In addition, you will be providing your family and friends with quality water.

  1. John Steed
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    I’m writing here because I didn’t find a contact email…

    I work for little company in Maine called Guyot Designs. We make a product called the TapGuard which is an activated carbon filter that fits into a Nalgene or Camelbak bottles and filters while you drink.

    Our hope is that people can use a TapGuard and a water bottles as a convenient alternative to bottled water… it gives filtered water from any faucet.

    I think its a product your readers might enjoy, and if it makes it easier for people to give bottled water we’ll feel pretty good.

    • Responses to John Steed
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      Marina Hanes says:
      April 7

      That sounds like a wonderful product! Can the TapGuard be purchased online?

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