wATER Treatment 101
Water treatment is a tricky business. The whole point is to find a cost-effective and environmentally friendly way to take a water source, whatever it is, and make it useful.
We're fortunate to live in a time when tap water is a good and healthy resource. You could live all your days drinking tap water.
But is tap water ideal? No.
Here's Water Treatment 101.There are basically four different grades of water when it comes to how we use it in our lives.
Raw Water is the water source where it all begins. This can be springs, lakes, rivers, wells, or underground aquifirs. Depending on the specific conditions of a particular source, it can either be extremely healthy for you... or it can make you very sick or even kill you.
Toxins and micro life forms often exist in raw water so some kind of treatment is strongly suggested before consuming raw water.
Utility Grade Water is what comes to your home or business through our pipes. It's raw water that has been treated by one of our three main utilities
Working Grade Water is what you get when you further treat the Utility Grade Water coming into your home. This involves filtration, softening, etc. It can either be done as a whole house option or locally at the point of use such as a sink, refrigerator, or shower. If you're not sure which is the best option for you, just give us a call.
Believe it or not, bottled water would fall under the category of Working Grade Water in most cases. It has been filtered, and usually hyperfiltered, to the point that the healthy minerals have been removed. Products continually come to market that advertise purity when the World Health Organization has spoken out against this for several years.
Optimized Water is when you go one step further beyond filtration. It involves treating filtered water to bring the natural favorable minerals into the water you drink, while simultaneously helping to rid the water of unfavorable chemicals such as chlorine in its killing form. The process will not work on hyperfiltered water.
So read through this site as much as you'd like so you understand what's possible for you and your family.