Filtering your water can significantly reduce you and your family’s exposure to a wide range of natural and synthetic contaminants that can be found in your tap water.
REMOVE DISINFECTION PRODUCTS
Disinfection products (like chlorine and aluminium sulphate) can be added to Australian town water supplies by water authorities to reduce bacteria, viruses, protozoa and other potentially harmful contaminants to make tap water drinkable, before it reaches your home.
Up to 35 ‘consumable’ chemicals, including disinfectants, can be added to town water supplies to make it suitable for consumption.
Disinfection is recognised as a critical barrier to any microbial contaminants in water that pose any risk to public health. However, once water has safely arrived to your tap, the disinfection products have done their job and there is no need to consume these chemicals, so you can choose to effectively remove them by using a water filter.
REMOVE UNPLEASANT TASTE AND ODOUR
When water tastes great - you drink more! Many Australians avoid drinking regular tap water due to unpleasant taste and odour caused by disinfection chemicals in town water. Other water supplies such as tank or river water can also give off distinct taste and odour due to local water conditions and pollutants. Filtering your water is an effective way to remove unpleasant taste and odour at the turn of a tap. Filtering your drinking water makes it easier to stay healthily hydrated.
REMOVE PARASITES, RUST, DIRT, SEDIMENT, TURBIDITY, HEAVY METALS
Water filters can provide extra protection against potentially harmful contaminants such as parasites (giardia and cryptosporidium cysts) that can sometimes survive the disinfection process (town water) and potentially cause severe illness.
Filtering your tank water (rain or river water) can improve clarity by removing turbidity and contaminants like rust, dirt and sediment. As tank water sources do not undergo strict water treatment processes, a good quality tank water filter cartridge like the Doulton Ultracarb will also effectively remove harmful bacteria, parasites and particles - such as potentially harmful pathogenic organisms like giardia, cryptosporidium, E.coli, cholera, typhoid klebsiella terrigena and shigella.
Australian tap water often includes recycled sewerage water, especially when dams are low. While this water is chemically treated to kill bacteria, the process doesn’t remove other contaminants - like pharmaceutical residue - that may be present.
Residue from illicit drugs, antibiotics, fertility and hormone treatments and even veterinary drugs can often be found in the tap water that we drink. Filtering your tap water can prevent you and your family from consuming a large number of contaminants, including some pharmaceutical residues.
WHAT ABOUT FLUORIDE?
Many regions of Australia add fluoride to municipal water supplies which some people prefer to avoid. The most effective way to remove fluoride is through the process of reverse osmosis (RO). Reverse osmosis water purification can effectively remove contaminants that are not able to be removed with standard carbon water filtration, such as fluoride and other TDS (total dissolved solids), as well as volatile organic compounds (VOCs), viruses, bacteria, herbicides, pesticides, nitrates, algae, phosphates and more.
ENJOY ALKALINE WATER
/ RAISE YOUR WATER’S pH LEVEL TO ALKALINE
Some people prefer to drink purified, alkaline water for great potential health benefits. While reverse osmosis is excellent for removing contaminants (such as heavy metals like cadmium, arsenic and chromium), healthy minerals and salts can also be removed leaving your water acidic. You can raise your water’s pH balance to a level considered alkaline by adding healthy minerals back to your water with a Remineraliser cartridge.
BETTER FOR THE ENVIRONMENT, YOUR BODY AND WALLET
Filtering your water is a more environmentally friendly, cost-effective, convenient alternative to buying single-use plastic bottled water.
ECO FRIENDLY ALTERNATIVE
Some Australians choose to buy single-use plastic bottled water, rather than drinking tap water due to unpleasant taste and odour, clarity and concern for tap water contaminants. However, even if placed in recycling bins, new studies report only a third of all plastic water bottles actually get recycled. That means a third of all recycling is being put into landfill sites, and a third is making its way into our environment, especially our oceans and waterways. Water filters can produce great tasting water that’s free from unpleasant taste, odour and disinfection chemicals (and better quality than most plastic bottled water!).
A bottle of water can cost 2000 times more than their tap water, and it’s costs the environment too. Astonishingly 3-7 litres of water and 1 litre of oil is needed to manufacture one single use plastic bottle. In a year, a water filter can provide the same amount of filtered water as 3155, 600ml plastic water bottles. Switching to drinking filtered water can save you money and lessen the resources needed for single-use plastic bottle production.
Installing a water filter allows you to have fresh, great tasting, quality water simply at the turn of a tap. You’ll always have access to healthy water that’s great for drinking, washing fruit and vegetables, cooking with, hot drinks, pets’ water dishes, watering plants and more, all at your fingertips.
REDUCE YOUR CHLORINE EXPOSURE IN THE BATHROOM
In the bathroom, filtering shower water to reduce chlorine exposure can be a great way to promote healthier, hydrated skin and softer hair.
In a hot shower or bath, the chlorine can vaporise and be inhaled while also being absorbed through our skin. Some people experience dry, itchy skin, brittle hair, irritated sore eyes and worsened health conditions (such as asthma and eczema) from exposure to chlorinated water. Once the water has safely arrived to your home, the disinfection chemicals have done their job and there is no need to shower in them. So, if you would like to not bathe in disinfection chemicals, you can use a shower or bath water filter.
HELPS TO IMPROVE FUNCTION AND REDUCE WEAR OF APPLIANCES
Filtered water can also reduce wear and tear on your appliances such as such as plumbed in fridges, coffee machines and kettles, even washing machines. Water filters can help protect from contaminant build-up such as dirt, sediment, algae and limescale. Making sure your appliances are using good quality water can help to improve their function, reduce the frequency of cleaning needed, and extend their lifespan, therefore saving you money on replacement or repairs.
It’s not just tank water that can contain high amounts of dirt, sediment and algae. If you are connected to a town water supply (mains water) and are experiencing dirty and/or sediment filled water, it may be due to recent maintenance from your city’s water authorities. Discoloured and dirty water can be discouraging to use and result in slower water flow and clogging of your appliances, so many people choose to filter their appliance’s water.