Frequently Asked Questions about Water and Water Filtration
Q. Isn't tap water treated?
A. Yes, municipal water is treated it meet the minimum federal requirements. These requirements do not cover all contaminates, however. Most people expect their tap water to be free from every impurity, and this is just not the case. While many impurities are harmless, some that remain in the system are adverse to your heath and others cause stains, have odors, and damage sensitive equipment.
Q: Is bottled or filtered water better?
A: While the quality of most bottled water is high, it is, for the most part, a self-policed industry with few if any regulations to ensure quality. In contrast, manufacturers in the heavily regulated water filtration industry must do extensive testing and provide regular reporting on the effectiveness of their systems.
Q: Is chlorine harmful, or not?
A: Chlorine has been in use in our water systems since 1908, when it was first used to eliminate serious water-borne diseases such as typhoid. It has been in common use for over 80 years and has some proven public health benefits. However, in the 1970's research uncovered that chlorine, when added to water, forms Trihalomethanes (chlorinated by-products) by combining with certain naturally occurring organic matter such as vegetation and algae. Further, the American Journal of Public Health published a report in 1992 that showed a 15% to 35% increase in certain types of cancer for people who consume chlorinated water. The report also stated that much of these effects were due to showering and bathing in chlorinated water.
According to The National Cancer Institute, cancer risks for people who consume chlorinated water may be to be up to 93% higher than for people who do not. While acknowledging the need for clean public water, most experts now agree that there are some significant risks related to consuming chlorine and chlorinated by-products in drinking water.
Q: Why do some areas sometimes test negative for chlorine?
A: Nearly every municipal water systems use chlorine. The levels of chlorine will vary based on many factors including outdoor temperature, distance from the utility water utility, and the amount of chlorine used by the utility, and the over-all level of water usage at the time of the test. An undetectable level of chlorine on a certain day does mean no chlorine not then or normally present and does not eliminate the need for an effective filtration system.
Q: What are VOCs?
A: VOCs are Volatile Organic Chemicals, which are synthetic compounds that turn to vapor at relatively low temperatures. Most VOCs found in municipal water are herbicides and pesticides.
Q: How do I know what is in my water?
A: Call Nuvia today at1-800-xxxx to schedule a free water analysis. Most people are astonished at what impurities remain in the water straight from the tap.
Q: Why choose a water filtration system?
A: Instead of relying on the EPA's Primary Standard for water, advanced water filtration systems put the standard of water purity in your hands.
Q: What is TDS?
A: TDS is Total Dissolved Solids, or the weight of all solids in your water. The solids are primarily calcium and magnesium and would not be a measure of contamination.