Everyone understands that tap water might not be the safest water to drink. But are the filtration methods we use making it any better?

A large part of the population believes in boiling water and using removable tap filters as a means of purification, but these methods may not be sufficient enough to safeguard you against all the contaminant dissolved in the water.

Each year a large number of water-borne diseases are reported in our cities. This number shoots higher with the coming of monsoon. The rain brings an increase in the presence of bacteria like E. coli that lead to severe gastroenteritis, diarrhoea, vomiting, food poisoning and other illnesses. Having an efficient water purification system helps beat this disease-ridden season. Here’s why you have a better chance of a healthier monsoon with a water purifier.

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The drawbacks of boiling water

This is an effective way of eliminating water-borne bacteria but has no effect on chlorine and does nothing to remove organic and inorganic impurities that contaminate the water at the source. Secondly, each container of water needs to be boiled for 20 minutes to deactivate disease-causing microorganisms efficiently. This uses up a lot of gas on a daily basis. Another drawback of this method is that water when kept in open containers to cool down becomes prone to recontamination with bacteria from the air.

Purified municipal water is not pure enough

The municipal water supply that reaches most cities undergoes water treatment, but it has to come a long way through old, rusty and dirty pipes till it gets to you. The water that finally arrives at your taps contains rust, germs and impurities of all kind that even your removable tap filter won’t be able to catch hold to and your boiling won’t be able to eliminate.

Long-time effects on your health

Exposing yourself to polluted drinking water can cause long term effects on your immune system. Chlorine and bacteria-disinfecting substance in water can cause eyes and nose irritation. Some river or lake water containing acid rain, pesticide, industrial waste and microorganisms living in water can be harmful to human health. In extreme cases, unsafe drinking water can damage your liver, lungs, bladder and kidney over time. Purifying tap water or well water can also decrease exposure to numerous known or suspected carcinogens or endocrine-disrupting chemicals.

Convenient to use

Once you install the water purifier, all you have to do is turn on the faucet and collect drinking or cooking water. There’s no time wasted boiling and cooling water or carrying cases of bottled water and then stocking them for return. The annual service instalments make sure that your purifier is well-maintained and clean through the year.
You’ve probably heard that drinking 3-4 litres of water a day is good for your health but how about you make sure that the water is safe in the first place. A water purifier will help tackle that hurdle once you know what purifier is right for you.

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