Pictured above, Cryptosporidium.
“Water makes up over two-thirds of the healthy human body. It lubricates the joints and eyes, aids digestion, flushes out waste and toxins and keeps skin healthy.” UK National Health Service guidelines.
1 Filtering your spring or borehole water will encourage you and your family to drink more water.
Filtered water is nicer to drink than unfiltered water, why else would people buy so much bottled water or spend so much on jug filters.
Most people who drink water from a spring or borehole supply comment on how beautiful it tastes. However, some waters derived from these private water supplies can have an unpleasant taste or odour. This may be due to iron, hydrogen sulphide, peat or several other contaminants.
Passing water through appropriate filters can greatly improve the taste of your water, encouraging you and your family to drink more water.
2. Filtered water is safer.
Water from a private water supply is totally natural. That is, it contains whatever pathogens that might be lurking in the environment that surrounds the source of the supply. In years gone-by that might have been cholera, typhoid or dysentery. Today it’s more likely to be Cryptosporidium, Giardia, Campylobacter or E.coli – pathogens that might not be as life threatening as the “the bloody flux”, but still, not very pleasant
Treating your water with a properly sized and maintained UV purifier will make your water safe to drink.
3. Filtered water is cleaner.
There are very few private water supplies (springs, boreholes, wells or streams) that do not contain particulates. This becomes clear when filters are installed as they start block up, sometimes very quickly, dependent on the prevailing weather conditions
As a general guideline, if your water changes colour after heavy rain, then it is highly probable that surface water is getting into the supply. These contaminants may not always be harmful to health but they are likely to make your water discoloured – and who wants to take a bath in water that looks like tea?
Passing water through appropriate filters will clean your water and make it look wholesome and clean.
4. Filtering your water puts you in control.
Filtering water as it enters your house offers a fine level of control over the quality of your drinking, cooking and bathing water. If you have any doubts about the quality of your water, it’s much better to be safe than sorry.
Properly sized and maintained filters will greatly improve the quality of your drinking water ensuring that it is consistently wholesome.
5. Filtered water is more convenient than bottled water.
If your water is filtered and you change the filters according to the manufacturers instructions, its one less thing to worry about when you go shopping. “Do I need to buy bottled water? No—I have beautiful filtered water at home, on tap.”
6. Filtered water is cheaper than bottled or jug filtered water.
In the long run, it’s probably cheaper to filter drinking water than buy bottled water and it’s kinder to the environment. If you’re looking to save money in 2013, quitting the bottled water habit and choosing to filter your drinking water is a step in the right direction – every little bit helps, so they say.
If you decide water filtration is not for you, I suggest that you do not drink untreated spring, borehole, well or stream water unless you boil it first.