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The water authorities across Australia have guidelines that set out requirements for both public health and the appearance of water. Tap water must pass both the health requirements and turbidity, colour, taste and odour tests. However, some of the treatments that make water safe for distribution across a city introduce contaminants and chemicals that are not beneficial to human health.
Having a water filter in your house ensures the quality and safety of your drinking water. Here are some of reasons why you might consider using a water filter;
Water filters can effectively remove or reduce various contaminants from your tap water. These contaminants may include chlorine, chloramines, heavy metals (such as lead, mercury, and arsenic), pesticides, herbicides, pharmaceutical residues, and other harmful chemicals . Filtering your water can reduce the long-term health risks associated with these contaminants.
Yes - the vast majority of Sydney Water and treatment plants across Australia is treated with chloramine to remove bacteria and other micro-organisms that are harmful to people. In some longer pipelines ammonia is also added to ensure the disinfection of the water right up to your tap . Chloramines have been used for almost 90 years as disinfectants to treat drinking water. Although chloramines are less efficient than free chlorine in killing or inactivating pathogens, they generate less trihalomethanes (THMs) and haloacetic acids (HAAs). They are also more stable than free chlorine, thus providing longer disinfection contact time within the drinking water distribution system. Source: Sydney Water
Filtering your water helps protect you and your family from potential waterborne illnesses caused by microorganisms, such as bacteria and viruses. Microbiological risks in your water can include;
Some tap water may have an unpleasant taste or odor due to chlorine, sulfur compounds, or other contaminants. Using a water filter can help eliminate these undesirable tastes and smells, providing you with cleaner and more refreshing drinking water. The improvements in taste, odor, and clarity allows for the full enjoyment of the water taste and will allow you to drink the right amount of water to adequately hydrate.
While the initial investment in a water filter may seem significant, it can save you money in the long run. By filtering your tap water, you can reduce or eliminate the need to purchase bottled water, which is often more expensive and contributes to plastic waste
People with compromised immune systems, infants, pregnant women, and the elderly are often more vulnerable to the effects of waterborne contaminants. Installing a water filter can offer an additional layer of protection for these individuals and give you peace of mind.
Filtering your own tap water reduces the demand for bottled water, which in turn helps reduce plastic waste and the carbon footprint associated with production and transportation. It's a more sustainable choice for the environment.
Water filters come in various types and sizes, allowing you to customize your filtration system based on your specific needs. You can install filters directly on your faucet, use pitcher filters, or even opt for whole-house filtration systems to ensure clean water throughout your home.
Remember that the effectiveness of a water filter depends on its type and quality and it's important to note that the specific contaminants present in your water may vary depending on your location.
Except for microorganisms and lead, most of these contaminants are an aesthetic rather than a health problem, as long as they don't occur in very high concentrations.
|What's the problem?||Symptom||Likely cause|
|Stained plumbing and clothes||Red or brown, black-green or blue||Iron, manganese, copper.|
|Reddish-brown slime in water and pipes||Slime||Iron (bacteria that feed on the iron cause the slime).|
|Discoloured water||Cloudy, black-red, brown or yellow||Turbidity (fine suspended particles – air bubbles may also cause water to be temporarily cloudy when it comes out of the tap), hydrogen sulphide, iron, manganese, humic and tannic acids.|
|Unusual taste or odour||Rotten egg, metallic, salty, musty, earthy, bleach-like, petrol||Hydrogen sulphide, pH (acid-alkaline balance) is too low, iron, zinc, copper, lead, total dissolved solids (TDS), chloride, bacteria or algae, chlorine, paint soaking into plastic piping used for newer houses.|
|Corrosive water||Deposits, pitting of plumbing||pH, copper, lead.|
|Source: Originally NSF International (formerly the US National Sanitation Foundation). Updated with help from Sydney Water.|
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