Learn More about Water Filtration
How Reverse Osmosis Works
Reverse osmosis is a filtration method commonly used to treat drinking water and that has become extremely popular due to its effectiveness in removing contaminants from water.
How to Remove Bacteria from Water
Waterborne bacteria and other living microorganisms have the potential to make us very sick. In the U.S., we have one of the cleanest water supplies but nearly 7.2 million Americans become ill from waterborne diseases each year.
How to Remove Viruses from Water
Waterborne viruses and bacteria cause hundreds of millions of people to become afflicted with sickness each year. Contaminated water is linked to the transmission of diseases such as typhoid, cholera, diarrhea, and polio.
How to Remove Pesticides from Water
Pesticides, herbicides, and insecticides can potentially make their way into our drinking water supply. Sometimes it take decades before these chemicals show up in water, but they're a continual threat to our groundwater quality.
Best Whole House UV Water Purifiers
If you're searching for a way to purify your home's water to ensure it is free of waterborne microorganisms, a UV light water purifier is a great choice. UV light water sterilizers are an effective way to disinfect water for your entire home.
How Often do I Need to Replace Filters?
All reverse osmosis systems require periodic maintenance to ensure water quality remains top notch. The most important maintenance for an RO system is on time filter changes.
How to Install a Reverse Osmosis Filter System
If you're looking to install an under-counter RO drinking water filtration system yourself, we take you through the process step by step so there will be no surprises. A DIY reverse osmosis system installation can save you a bundle.
How To Maintain A UV Water Filter System
Like all water treatment systems, a UV water filter system needs routine maintenance. With a UV water sterilizer, care and maintenance is especially important because safety is at stake.
How to Replace a UV Lamp
Your UV water filter will only work if you regularly change the UV lamp and clean the sleeve. Failure to change the lamp on time can put your household at risk of ingesting water that contains illness-causing microbes.
How to Find and Order the Correct Reverse Osmosis Water Filters
Need help identifying which Reverse Osmosis water filtration system you have? Finding the right water filter replacement for your RO drinking water filtration system is not always easy.
UV Water Purification System Buyer's Guide
Take time to educate yourself about ultraviolet water purification to make sure UV technology is the right solution for your water treatment needs.
Best Single Tap UV Water Purifiers
There are several good UV water sterilizers available for treating a single dinking dispenser faucet, but the best one for you will depend on your specific needs and preferences.
UV Water Filters for Well Water
Because private wells are not regulated by municipalities, the presence of bacteria, viruses or other microbiological contaminants in the water can often go undetected.
Do UV Light Water Sterilizers Work?
UV water sanitizers are a safe, chemical-free way to treat water. Today, UV water disinfection systems are used around the world in millions of businesses and homes.
What is an NSF Certified UV Water System?
Selecting a water filter system can be overwhelming. A big selling point for water filtration systems is the NSF certification. But what is NSF certification, and does it matter?
Best Well Water UV Disinfection System
For households on a private well, UV water disinfection can be an effective way to ensure that bacteria, viruses, and other harmful pathogens are eliminated from your well water.
Treat with UV During Boil Water Advisory
Boil water advisories are not only an inconvienience, but are a cause for concern for the safety of your drinking water. Set your worries aside with UV light filtration.
What to do After Boil Water Advisory Ends
If your municipal water supplier issued a "Boil Water Advisory" or your city was on a boil water notice, here are steps to take to ensure your household is safe throughout the duration of the advisory.
Boil Water Advisory Guidance - Businesses
Boil water notices often cause a huge loss in revenue for restaurants, grocery stores, and other businesses in the food industry. Here's how to stay open.
Update Your RO System and Save Money
If your Reverse Osmosis drinking water system is getting older, there's an inexpensive way to upgrade your current system and continue using it for years to come.
What to Consider When Purchasing an RO System
Before purchasing a reverse osmosis water filtration system, you may have questions that you want answered. Here is the guide to buying an RO system.
Is Whole House Reverse Osmosis Necessary?
If you like the water produced by your Reverse Osmosis drinking water system at your kitchen tap, wouldn’t it make sense to install a whole house Reverse Osmosis system?
Understanding Reverse Osmosis
In simple terms, a reverse osmosis water filter works as water is forced across a semi-permeable membrane, leaving contaminants behind that are flushed down the drain.
Types of Reverse Osmosis Systems
Reverse osmosis filter systems are available in various types to cater to different needs and applications including under-sink drinking water systems, whole house RO, restaurants, and light commercial manufacturing.
How to Sanitize a RO System
A reverse osmosis system should be sanitized once each year. You may consider thoroughly sanitizing your RO drinking water system while replacing your reverse osmosis water filters.
How to Connect an RO System to a Refrigerator
If you have a refrigerator with a water dispenser and/or ice maker, you may want to run the water line from your RO system drinking water system to the fridge.
How the Outback Gravity Filter Works
The Outback portable survival water filter operates using a gravity-powered filtration process to generate clean drinking water during times of emergency.
What Does the Outback Water Filter Remove?
Because of the system's ability to remove a variety of contaminants from water, this gravity-powered filtration system has been used worldwide since 2003.
What do Carbon Filters Remove from Water?
Carbon filters are extremely effective at removing a wide variety of contaminants through adsorption, where contaminants are attracted to the activated carbon surface and held to it.
What to Look for When Buying an RO System
Millions of households in the U.S. have installed RO filtration systems to not only improve the taste and odor of their drinking water, but also as a preventative measure to keep their families safe.
Helpful Info, FAQs, and Facts About Water Filtration
What is the Best Type of Water Filtration System?
There are a number of resources available to help you make a good buying decision. To get a high-quality water filtration system or replacement part, we caution customers to never buy a product that is sold via scare tactics, to check several sources, and to read reviews before making a purchase.
Some customers choose to get thier water tested before making a purchase. This way they know exactly what contaminants are in their water and can work to address those specific impurities. If you receive water from a municipal water supplier, you can review your local "Consumer Confidence Report" (CRC) to better understand what's in the water.
"How does water filtration work?"
Water filtration is a process that involves removing impurities, contaminants, and particles from water to make it safe for various uses, such as drinking, cooking, and industrial processes. The specific methods used in water filtration may vary depending on the type of system being used, but the general principle remains consistent. Here's an overview of how water filtration works:
- Reverse Osmosis (RO) Water Filtration: Reverse Osmosis is a process where water pressure is employed to force water through a semi-permeable membrane. When water is forced against the reverse osmosis membrane surface, the dissolved materials are repelled, while the water molecules are diffused through the membrane molecule by molecule, forming purer water on the other side. This "reverse osmosis" method is a popular method for the reduction of contaminants in water.
- Ultraviolet Water Sterilization and Filtration: Ultraviolet Sunlight has long since been known to kill microorganisms. The rays from the sun contain the UV spectrum used in Ultraviolet Water Treatment Systems – although at much lower intensities. It is also referred to as either the Germicidal Spectrum or Frequency. The frequency used in killing micro-organisms is 254 nanometers (nm). The UV lamps used in water treatment are designed specifically to have the highest amount of UV energy at this frequency.
- Filtration: Filtration is a process in which water passes through a water system that may include one or more filters for the purpose of removing turbidity, taste, color, iron or odor. The design can be loose media tank-type systems or cartridge devices. In general the process may include mechanical, adsorptive, neutralizing and catalyst/oxidizing filters.
What is a reverse osmosis system? How does it work?
Reverse osmosis water filtration is a chemical-free, economical way to improve the taste and odor of your drinking water. As mentioned above, an RO system produces clean, filtered water by forcing tap water through a semi permeable membrane and the filtered is directed to a storage tank. The impurities that are separated from the water molecules are flushed down the drain. A reverse osmosis system consists of both pre and post filters which add additional contaminant removal. To learn more about the reverse osmosis process, we provide details here.
My water tastes bad? What may be the cause and can it be corrected?
If you want to improve the taste and smell of your drinking and cooking water, a POU (point of use) system installed at your kitchen sink is a great choice. Reverse osmosis water filter systems are an economical, simple solution. Reverse Osmosis can remove lead, iron, fluoride, nitrates and dozens of other contaminants. In addition, an RO system can greatly improve the taste and the quality of your water by removing chlorine and other offensive tastes. If you elect to treat the whole house, a system that is installed at the point where the water enters the home POE (point of entry) system, then your first step is to identify what is causing the problem (have a water analysis done). Once you have identified what is causing the taste problem you can then research what type of water treatment equipment is designed to address your specific needs.
There is chlorine in my water. Is chlorine bad for me?
There has been a lot of research on the effects of chlorine with evidence showing that the biggest concern being its reaction with natural organic materials like leaves and humus forming disinfection by-products, which are considered carcinogens. Installing a reverse osmosis drinking water system is one of the most effective and economical ways to Remove Chlorine from drinking water.
What is an ultraviolet system? How does it work?
An ultraviolet (UV) system uses UV light to inactivate certain bacteria, viruses and cysts that may be present in the water. Water flows through the systems' UV chamber where it is exposed to UV light. For additional information on UV Water Purification refer to our information page on Ultraviolet Water Purification.
What Can UV Water Filtration Remove?
UV water disinfection is a chemical-free, safe way to treat water and is effective in destroying 99.99 percent of illness-causing microbes, including:
- Coliform bacteria
- E. coli
- Typhoid Fever
- Cholera & more
My well water tested positive for coliform bacteria. What does this mean and what can I do about it?
Coliform bacteria can be an indicator that your well is susceptible the contamination of other bacteria, as well. You have several options: One is to disinfect the well and retest for coliform, but this is only a short-term solution. The second option is a long-term solution and involves installing a whole house water disinfection system such as the Viqua IHS22-D4. This UV system can treat for waterborne bacteria and viruses. We discuss the removal of coliform bacteria in well water here.
What is Water Filtration?
A process in which water passes through a water system that may include one or more filters for the purpose of removing turbidity, taste, color, iron or odor and certain chemicals such as chlorine. The design can be loose media tank-type systems or cartridge devices. In general the process may include mechanical, adsorptive, neutralizing and catalyst/oxidizing filters.
Once installed does water filtration equipment require any service or parts?
What are Sediment Filters?
Sediment filters are very important in well water applications, but are also used by those on municipal water. Sediment filters can act as a barrier against grit and particulates that can clog your water filter system, cause issues for household plumbing, and reduce the life of water-using appliances.
With a UV water filter system, sediment can reduce the efficacy by hindering the ability of UV light to reach the waterborne microorganisms. And if sediment is not filtered out before a whole-house water softener, sand or silt could enter the system and scratch and damage the fine-moving parts of the softener.