Filtration Equation: Water Filter Solutions

Sum up your options before choosing a water filter.

| September/October 2008

  • Consider a water filter if someone in your family is highly susceptible to illness.
  • Whole-house water filter systems, such as this one from LifeSource, filter both hot and cold water.
  • The EcoWater Systems ERO 375 series has an electronic monitoring system to tell you when it’s time to change filters.
  • Brita offers popular over-the-faucet filters.
  • The Waterwise 8800 steam distiller

Only 39 percent of Americans think their water is “as safe as it should be,” according to a 2008 survey by the Water Quality Association, a nonprofit trade association. They’re worried about pharmaceuticals, solvents, rocket fuel, plasticizers and hormones, not to mention lead from old pipes and chlorine from water treatment plants. Even those who aren’t worried about their health may think their water has an off taste or a bad smell, or find stains on laundry and plumbing fixtures.

In truth, the United States has some of the world’s best water-treatment facilities—most of our tap water is safe. But in some situations, home water filtration can make a difference.

You might consider a filter if:

■ You or someone in your family is highly susceptible to illness (infants, the elderly or those with compromised immune systems).

■ You get your water from a spring, well or untreated source.

■ Stains or mineral deposits form on plumbing and discolor laundry.

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