What’s in your Water: City Water versus Well Water

Generally speaking, there are two ways people get their drinking water: through city water and well water. But what are they and what is the difference between them?

City Water

City water is typically river water. While this type of water has a lot of pollutants and contaminants to begin with, it is put through an assortment of cleaning processes and purity tests before entering your home. By law, city water is treated on a daily basis and often has chemicals added to it such as chlorine and fluoride. Bringing in city water requires changing the pipes in and around your home. Also, you have the added cost of a monthly water bill. Despite daily testing, there is the risk of contamination from old pipe lines that need upgrading. If you doubt the safety of your water, you can do research and find various water test kits that have been done to ensure water quality. Oftentimes, the biggest problem with city water is that just because the water is safe does not mean it tastes or smells very good. City water often contains minerals that will give the water an unpleasant look, taste, smell and may have undesired effects on your dishes, laundry and your hair. Fortunately, there are filters and additives you can get for your water that will make it look and taste better.

If you want to personally test your water supply, the Watersafe All-In-One Drinking Water Test Kit is highly recommended. This test kit is for city water only and contains everything you will need to find out simply and accurately if your water contains unsafe or undesirable levels of one or more of eight common contaminants.

Another way of ensuring water quality is through the use of purifier tablets such as the Aquamira Purifier Tablets. These tablets are used by dropping one tablet into one liter of water and waiting the required time. These tablets will not discolor the water and will improve the taste of treated water.

Well Water

Well water comes directly from the ground, and while it does not go through the same cleaning process, the water is filtered to a degree as it slowly trickles from the surface into underground reservoirs. Unlike city water, there is no monthly water bill that you will be required to pay. However, as a well water owner, it is up to you to test the safety and quality of your water. Generally, well water can be clean or dirty, depending on where you live.  Just like safe water might smell or taste bad, unsafe water may taste, smell and look perfectly fine. There can be many dangerous chemicals found in well water that have no taste, smell and do not change the look of the water. Well water can often contain agricultural runoff such as fertilizers and pesticides. It can also contain jet fuel and other chemicals from “fracking” (a process used in drilling for natural gas). Unless you have your water tested, there is no way to guarantee well water is safe, free of bacteria and other dangerous chemicals.

One way to get your water treated is through the Complete Home Water Quality Test Kit which tests your water for over 13 contaminants, allowing you to identify the issues in your water quality so you will know how to correctly and appropriately treat your water.

Once you test your water, you may find it handy to invest in a whole house water filter system such as the 3M Aqua-Pure Whole House Water Filter System. This whole house water filter has a 100,000 gallon capacity or up to one year cartridge life which reduces the multi-year cartridge replacement required with most water filter cartridges. This whole house water filter system will extend the life of all your household appliances that are connected to the water line.

Which do you prefer? City water or well water? Sound off in the comments below.

For Father’s Day Give the Gift of ZeroWater

Searching for the perfect gift for your dad on Father’s Day? Have you considered ZeroWater as the perfect choice for your dad on this special occasion? The filtered water from ZeroWater filtration pitchers is the only filtered water that meets the FDA definition for purified bottled water.  That means that you will get clean, pure water every time you drink from these products. What is the added benefit of drinking purified water? Drinking pure water that has removed the harmful contaminants and bacteria in it will ensure that your health can stay intact longer.  Yet, there is another reason to choose ZeroWater Filtration pitchers. According to Robert Roney Vice President of Sales for ZeroWater:

“…all our pitchers and dispensers are BPA Free. We also have a recycle program for our filters.  Consumers can send in their exhausted/used filters and ZeroWater recycles the plastic and regenerates the resins in the filter. In return for sending the filter back to be recycled ZeroWater sends the consumer a coupon worth $10.00 off their next filter purchase.”

Clearly, buying ZeroWater has its benefits not just for your health, but for your wallet as well. To make things even better, ZeroWater is offering a free replacement filter with the purchase of selected ZeroWater pitchers. This Father’s Day promotion runs from June 1st– June 15th only or while supplies last. Now extended through June 22nd or while supplies last. That’s more bang for your buck. Read below for more details on some exciting ZeroWater products and offers.

The ZeroWater 23-Cup Water Filtration Pitcher is a patented 5-Stage Dual-Ion Exchange filtration system that includes a filter, has a 23-cup capacity dispenser and a TDS meter. The TDS Meter (which stands for Total Dissolved Solids) will show you anything that is dissolved in your water and can also be used to let you know when it is time to change your filter.  This water filtration pitcher will remove virtually all dissolved solids from your water, providing you with great tasting drinking water. With the purchase of this pitcher you will receive a FREE ZeroWater Replacement Filter Cartridge that is easy to install, meets FDA requirements and reduces mercury, lead, chlorine taste and unpleasant odors. This offer is only good through June 22nd or while supplies last so act quickly.

The ZeroWater 8-Cup Water Filtration Pitcher is the only water filter pitcher to achieve the required FDA TDS level in purified bottled water to reach 000-010 ppm. To ensure that water passes through the filter and not around the filter, the filter assembly is located underneath the water pitcher. This ZeroWater Filtration Pitcher is a cost-effective alternative with high contaminant removal. Through June 15th, with the purchase of this filter you will also receive a FREE ZeroWater Replacement Filter Cartridge. This water filter was recently named a “Filter that really works” in Good Housekeeping Magazine and appeared on the Today Show. Through testing done by the GH Research Institute, this ZeroWater 8-Cup Filtration pitcher was found to remove at least 95% of estrone, PFOA, PFOS and ibuprofren.

The ZeroWater Cooler Bottle Filtration System is a water filter pitcher that fits most standard coolers and eliminates the need for expensive bottled water deliveries. It includes an independent TDS meter for measuring clean water quality. With the purchase of this filtration system you will receive a FREE ZeroWater Replacement Filter Cartridges- 2pack. This offer ends June 22nd or while supplies last.

Remember, in an effort to prevent water bottles from being thrown into the trash or landfills, ZeroWater offers a recycling program that recycles their filter cartridges from U.S. customers. This Father’s Day why not give your dad the gift of clean, pure water? This Father’s Day, give the gift of ZeroWater.

The Water Cycle: From Evaporation to Precipitation

Every day around the world, there is a cycle that is continuously going. It happens all the time, yet most of us aren’t aware of it. It’s the water cycle, also known as the hydrologic cycle and it is very vital to life here on Earth. The water cycle describes the movement of water on, above and below the surface of the Earth. At various stages in the cycle, water can change states from a solid to a liquid and even to a gas. But what exactly are the stages of the water cycle? What do these stages do? 

Generally, there are 10 stages to the water cycle that range from evaporation to precipitation. They are as follows:

  1. Evaporation: This is the change of water from a liquid to a gas. On average, around 47 inches is evaporated into the atmosphere from the ocean each year.
  1. Transpiration: This is the evaporation of liquid water from plants and trees into the Earth’s atmosphere. Nearly all water that enters the roots transpires into the atmosphere.
  2. Sublimation: This is the process where ice and snow (a solid) changes into a gas without moving through the liquid phase.
  3. Condensation: This is the process where water changes back into a liquid. This is when we begin to first see clouds.
  4. Transportation: This is the movement of solid, liquid and gaseous water throughout the atmosphere. Without this movement, all of the water evaporated over the ocean would not precipitate over land.
  5. Precipitation: This is water that falls to the earth. Most precipitation falls as rain but includes snow, sleet, drizzle and hail. On average, about 39 inches of rain, snow and sleet fall each year around the world.
  6. Deposition: This is the reverse of stage 3. Water vapor (a gas) changes into ice (a solid) without going through the liquid phase. This is most often seen on clear and cold nights when frost forms on the ground.
  7. Infiltration: This is the movement of water into the ground from the surface. Percolation is movement of water past the soil going deep into the groundwater.
  8. Surface flow : This is the river, lake, and stream transport of water to the oceans. The water may return to the surface in springs or eventually seep into the oceans.
  9. Plant uptake: This is water taken from the groundwater flow and soil moisture. Only 1% of water that a plant draws up is used by the plant. The remaining 99% is passed back into the atmosphere.

Water is a vital part here on Earth, and on World Water Day this Thursday, let’s not forget the importance of clean drinking water for you and your loved ones. At Filters Fast, we offer a variety of water products to help ensure you of clean drinking water. From the Zero Water Cooler Bottle Filtration System to the Everpure Water Filtration System, Filters Fast knows the importance of clean, drinking water for you and your family.

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