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Water System Maintenance: Importance and Tips

Today, several types of water treatment technologies are used in public water and wastewater facilities. These treatments involve flocculation, aeration, coagulation, filtration, lime softening, sanitization, etc. Many of these same concepts are downsized and utilized for residential point-of-entry equipment. Unlike whole house systems, public systems have continuous monitoring and highly skilled laborers maintain the system to ensure the quality of product release or waste discharge. Even despite this, some impurities may pass through public systems. Also, chemicals used from public systems are reacting with aging and deteriorating pipe in the distribution system and is why homeowners want to have further treatment for their peace of mind. Just like a public system, all home filtration systems will require some form of maintenance either as a preventative or scheduled replacement. Residential water treatment technologies may include reverse osmosis (RO) systems, whole-house filters, water softeners, UV lights, ionizers, etc.. All these treatment systems operate in continuous cycles with little downtime. This can cause causes sediment trapping, clogged or fouled filters beds, damaged cartridges, etc. To avoid these types of issues with your water treatment system, maintenance is essential. Running a water system without preventive maintenance for a long duration is pure negligence that may cause system failure, contamination breakthrough, or an expensive repair/replacement. This post discusses the importance of water treatment system maintenance, along with a few beneficial tips. Importance of Water System Maintenance When it comes to water treatment, water system maintenance holds high significance for the overall performance of the system. Maintenance as a Preventive Measure: The continuously working water systems are subjected to problems like wasted power, leakages, inefficient filtration, clogged filters, etc. Therefore, maintenance is important to prevent such issues. Regular cleaning and replacing of cartridge filters, timely backwashing of filters or regeneration of softeners, and backup battery power testing, are just some common examples of filtration system maintenance that can ensure the system is operating efficiently. Any system should at least have a quick visual inspection every quarter by the homeowner to make sure everything is in working order. Enhanced Performance Efficiency: Maintenance helps in enhancing the performance efficiency of the water treatment system. For example: Under-the-sink RO water system maintenance suggests the replacement of pre-filter every 6 to 12 months (exptions may apply). This helps to preventing fouling of the reverse osmosis membrane and eventually enhances the performance efficiency and life of the membranes. With water softeners and other ion exchange systems, salt must be […]

Importance of a safe water supply system

Water is a basic need for every human being.  Most of the world population still does not have centralized water supply with connections to individual households.  According to the World Health Organization (WHO), roughly 2.4 billion of the world’s population does not have access to an improved sanitation facility and about 1.1 billion people does not have access to safe drinking water. The provision of safe and adequate drinking water to the burgeoning urban population continues to be one of the major challenging tasks for any state.  Water constitutes one of the important physical environments of man and has a direct bearing on the health and hygiene of mankind.  There is no denying the fact that the contamination of water leads to numerous health hazards.   Water is precious to man and therefore WHO refers to “control of Water supplies to ensure that they are pure and wholesome as one of the primary objectives of environmental sanitation”. Safe water is one of the most important felt needs in public health in developing countries in the twenty first century. The year 2005 marked the beginning of the “International Decade for Action: Water for Life” and renewed effort to achieve the Millennium Development Goal (MDG) to reduce by half the proportion of the world’s population without sustainable access to safe drinking water and sanitation by 2015. The WHO/UNICEF Joint Monitoring Programme for Water Supply and Sanitation, known as the JMP, reports every two years on access to drinking water and sanitation worldwide and on progress towards related targets under Millennium Development Goal (MDG). MDG drinking water target, which calls for halving the proportion of the population without sustainable access to safe drinking water between 1990 and 2015, was met in 2010, five years ahead of schedule. However, the report also shows why the job is far from finished. Many still lack safe drinking water, and the world is unlikely to meet the MDG sanitation target. Continued efforts are needed to reduce urban-rural disparities and inequities associated with poverty. Water is a good carrier of disease germs.  If water is not made safe against disease germs, it may become responsible for so many diseases and epidemics.  Diseases such as typhoid, cholera, dysentery, etc are the direct causes of defective water supply.  Water is a also a very good solvent.  If water contains excessive amounts of minerals or poisonous dissolved substances, it will again cause […]

Is Bottled or Tap Water Better for Your Health?

Over the past few years, bottled water consumption has grown significantly because it’s considered safer and better tasting than tap water. In fact, in the United States, each person drinks approximately 30 gallons (114 liters) of bottled water per year (1Trusted Source). However, due to environmental concerns and potential health effects, many people are starting to wonder whether tap water is better. This article compares tap and bottled water to help you decide which to drink. Pros and cons of tap water Tap water, also called municipal water, comes from large wells, lakes, rivers, or reservoirs. This water typically passes through a water treatment plant before being piped into homes and businesses (2). While contaminated drinking water is an issue in some regions, tap water is generally safe, convenient, and environmentally friendly. Safety may vary based on your location According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the United States has one of the world’s safest drinking water supplies (3Trusted Source). U.S. public tap water is regulated by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). The EPA is responsible for identifying and setting legal limits for potential contaminants in drinking water under the Safe Drinking Water Act (SDWA) (4, 5). Currently, the EPA has set legal limits on over 90 contaminants, including heavy metals like lead and microbes like E. coli (6). Nonetheless, drinking water contamination can still occur. For example, certain regions may have greater exposure to toxins, such as industrial pollutants or bacteria from agricultural runoff (7Trusted Source). Additionally, old plumbing may introduce contaminants like lead, and natural disasters like floods can temporarily pollute public water systems (7Trusted Source). Many public health organizations also claim that the EPA’s current limits on certain toxins aren’t stringent enough. According to the Environmental Working Group (EWG), U.S. water regulations haven’t been updated in almost 20 years. As a result, certain toxins may be harming vulnerable populations, such as children and pregnant women (8). While the EPA requires water utilities to provide annual quality reports, the EWG’s Tap Water Database also allows individuals to view contamination reports for their local water supply. Furthermore, home water filters may improve the safety of your tap water (3Trusted Source). Keep in mind that the EPA only oversees public water sources. If you get your water from a private well, you’re responsible for getting it tested for safety. Tastes just as good as bottled water Bottled water is often said to taste better than tap […]