The Impact of Water Filtration on Your Health and Well-being

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July 26, 2023

Everyone knows that water is essential for survival, but the quality of the water we consume has potential to greatly impact our overall health. Over the years, concerns regarding water contamination and the presence of harmful substances in it have increased, and filtering drinking water has emerged as an effective solution to safeguard our well-being. We'll explore the remarkable health benefits of filtering drinking water in this blog to help you make informed health choices. We’ll also take the time to cover some of the products that Rusco offers, which can help you to set up your home water filtration system.

The removal of contaminants is one of the major positives that can come out of filtering drinking water to ensure that what you and your family consume is clean and safe. Unfortunately, municipal water supplies often contain impurities such as chlorine, lead, pesticides, and microorganisms. All of these things can lead to health problems. A study conducted by the Environmental Working Group (EWG) revealed that tap water in the U.S. contains an alarming number of pollutants including carcinogens. Setting up some sort of water filtration system for your home can help eliminate these contaminants, promoting better health outcomes.

Another point to consider is water that hasn't been adequately filtered could have an unpleasant taste and odor. This is the result of chlorine and other chemical additives used in water treatment plants. By implementing a home water filtration system, someone can significantly reduce these compounds, which ultimately helps improve the taste and eliminate odor from the water. A study published in the Journal of the American Water Works Association showed that activated carbon filters are effective in removing chlorine and organic compounds from water, enhancing its overall quality.

It is also important to set up a water filtration system because specific heavy metals, such as lead, mercury, and cadmium, can find their way into water sources. These metals end up in the water due to natural deposits, industrial discharges, as well as aging infrastructure. Someone who is exposed to these metals regularly can end up with various health issues, such as neurological disorders and kidney damage. Water filtration can be important and even necessary to reduce heavy metal concentrations and ultimately minimize these connected health risks.

A fourth reason to seriously consider filtering your water is to help in eliminating waterborne pathogens, including bacteria, viruses, and parasites. These things can cause severe gastrointestinal illnesses and lead to dehydration and other complications. Filters that have fine pores can take these pathogens out of water helping to protect your health. According to a study conducted by the World Health Organization (WHO), filtering water can play a very important role in preventing diarrheal diseases.

Water sources can also get contaminated with pesticides and various chemical compounds as a result of agricultural activities and industrial processes. Exposure to these substances over a longer time can have detrimental effects on human health. This includes hormone disruption and an increased risk of cancer. A scientific report on points out that activated carbon filters also efficiently remove a large range of pesticides and organic chemicals to help in making drinking water safer.

A Rusco filtration system can help you if any of these problems are present in your home's water or if you are even just concerned that it might be a problem. At Rusco, there are several filters to choose from, which can help in the removal of a variety of sediment and even contaminants from your water. Depending on the setup of your home’s water system, you may even consider installing a couple of different filters offered by Rusco.

One of the options you have to choose from is a filter that Rusco has offered for years in the Spin-Down. A Spin-Down filter comes in a few different sizes based on the inlet/outlet size you’re looking for as well as the gallons per minute you have running through your system. These filters come in either a ¾", 1”, 1-½", or 2” option and can be purchased with either polyester or stainless-steel screens for filtering. There are many mesh sizes to choose from depending on the type of sediment that you're looking to remove from your water as well. More recently, Rusco has also introduced a few new screen options that are compatible with the Spin-Down filters including pleated, melt-blown, and activated carbon.

This year, Rusco has introduced a line of Big Filters too, which would also be very helpful in removing a variety of sediment and contaminants. These filters have a larger capacity than the Spin-Downs with either a 10” cover option or a 20” cover option. They also come with either a ¾" inlet/outlet or a 1”. Currently, Rusco offers four different types of cartridges for these filters, including pleated, melt-blown, string wound, and activated carbon.

If you’re looking to improve the quality of your water to ultimately better your and your family’s health and wellness, consider installing a Spin-Down filter or a Big Filter from Rusco. Call 1-800-345-1033 to speak to a knowledgeable customer service representative who can answer any additional questions that you may have.

Source Notes: All information in this article relating to the number of pollutants in tap water came from the Environmental Working Group. Information regarding how activated carbon filters can remove chlorine and organic compounds from water came from the Journal of the American Water Works Association. All information relating to how filtering water can be important in preventing diarrheal diseases came from the World Health Organization. Information regarding how activated carbon filters can remove pesticides and organic chemicals came from