Lets take the expensive magic beans out of whole house water filtration. I welcome any contributors who would like to join this project.
The first task is to identify the common contaminants found in municipal water. A quick google search provided the following resources:
The following link was the top hit on Google, and also provides an abbreviated list, but I would rate the information in the "trust but verify" category.
This is a nice link; it allows you to search for your water system and you can find out what violations have been logged. This may help you make a decision to add some targeted filtration. My system had multiple violations of fecal coliform (last violation was 9 years ago) which may explain why we seem to have very high chlorine levels. I need to pay more attention to filtering chlorine.
What do we do with the plethora of information? There is obviously way too much to digest without being an expert, and the purpose of this is to get a simpler view of what exists in my water that needs attention. Another approach is to look at what people are verifying using available tests. The only way you will know if you need to filter something is to identify that substance in your water, both before and after filtration.
The following list comes from a search for "water quality test" on amazon. These are the available tests that can be done with test strips:
So now that we have list of what we can test for, we can "not worry" about the other stuff. Most of the stuff we can't test for is filtered to some level with whatever filtration we choose. Now we need to put the previous list into some kind of priority order. I'm going to do this for myself, but I'll list with each item why I chose it in that position.
Before starting a project, it is key to boil down the requirements: exactly what is the point, or goal of the project. Here are the requirements for this project:
I was recently roped into taking a "water survey" at Home Depot for the chance to "win" a $20 gift certificate to Home Depot. I soon received a phone call to schedule a "water test" at my house in exchange for $20 Home Depot gift card. I should have known; it was a bait and switch high-pressure sales pitch for a Rainsoft whole house filtration system. Looking online, I am not alone.Read more »