Water purification is a term so broad that it is less about the definition and what you wish to do with your water.

Definition:  Water purification is the process of removing undesirable chemicals, biological contaminants, suspended solids and gases from contaminated water. The goal is to produce water fit for a specific purpose. Source: Wikipedia

Forms of Water Purification & Filtration

Water needs are highly unique.  We have applications in industrial settings that need to be driven to very specific chemistry to allow for metal finishing or other very specific applications.  Those use cases are typically tied to saving enormous quantities of money that would otherwise be spent on chemicals.

In dairy or food applications, the need might be for soft water to dramatically reduce the costs of operating clean-in-place (CIP) machines.  While that softening application is the same type of savings that we see on residential systems, that’s not the common use of “purification” in a residential or drinking water sense.

Drinking Water Purification

When most people are searching for drinking water purification, we’re back to the original definition.

We’re trying to remove some or all of “undesirable chemicals, biological contaminants, suspended solids and gases from contaminated water.”

We’re doing this “for a specific purpose.”  In this instance, making it suitable for drinking, cooking, or maybe a really nice clean ice cube for your beverage of choice.

Forms of Drinking Water Filtration

Drinking water filtration will range.  An important distinction is the source of your water.  This is going to either be a municipal source or some form of a private well.

If you read the fine print on any of the low-end pitchers, they explicitly say that they are not for well water.  You should never use a low-end filter, or even a refrigerator filter, on well water that has not been treated for bacteria, viruses, or cysts.

Purification:  Reverse Osmosis v. Carbon Filtration

Purification is a term that allows the consumer to choose how pure they want their water to be.  It’s largely two options, carbon or reverse osmosis.  Here’s a look at what each does:

Water May Contain:“Reverse Osmosis / Carbon Combination”“Carbon Block or Activated Carbon”
Bad/foul TasteRemovesImproves
OdorRemovesImproves
TurbidityRemovesReduces
Organic Compounds*RemovesRemoves
Chlorine & THMsRemovesRemoves
BacteriaRemovesMay Control Growth**
VirusesRemovesWill Not Remove
CystsRemovesRemoves Some
ParasitesRemovesRemoves Some
ArsenicRemovesWill Not Remove
Heavy Metals***RemovesRemoves Some
Dissolved Solids****RemovesWill Not Remove
FluorideRemovesWill Not Remove

*Organic Compounds – include Pesticides, Herbicides, and Insecticides.

**Silver-Impregnated Carbon – can control bacterial growth.

***Heavy Metals – include Iron, Lead, Cadmium, and Aluminum.

****Dissolved Solids – include Sodium, Calcium, Magnesium, and inorganic minerals.

We carry an extremely wide range of solutions to purify water.  The best thing you can do is schedule a no-cost, in-home evaluation.

We’ll inspect the plumbing and give you a range of options, in writing, for how we can best purify your water.