Is Your Tap Water Safe To Drink?
In North America, there is often the belief that living where we live means the water we use at home (an average of 300 gallons each day) is both clean and safe. We entrust water quality to our municipalities and other governing bodies, assuming that access to advanced water filtration techniques guarantees our drinking water is free of contaminants.
While it is certainly the case that water in developed nations like the United States and Canada are at reduced risk of contamination than in other parts of the world, it is still possible your tap water contains bacteria and other potentially harmful microbes. Where you live, how your home is plumbed, and whether your water system is fed from a private well or a public source all factor into the equation.
If you’ve ever questioned the drinkability of the water in your home, keep reading—you’re not the only one.
2017 Water Quality Association (WQA) survey results
Approximately once every two years, the Water Quality Association (WQA)—a not-for-profit organization that represents the residential, commercial, and industrial water treatment industries—performs a national public opinion survey.
Survey results from earlier this year revealed some interesting insights around public perception of water quality and legislation:
52% of respondents felt that federal laws governing drinking water in the U.S. were “not strict enough.”
40% of respondents stated their drinking water was “not as safe as it should be.”
36% of respondents were concerned about tap water contaminants, and a further 29% had concerns about whether their tap water was safe to drink.
More than half of respondents identified they would be willing to pay for a water treatment system that would remove contaminants such as lead, arsenic, and pharmaceuticals, and 25% stated they had intentions of installing such a system in the near future.
41% of respondents who invested in a water filtration system did so after their home region was hit with a boil water or “unsafe water for use” alert.
As public awareness about hazardous contaminants and associated health risks rises, so, too, does the desire to protect against these risks by investing in a home water purification system that promises pure, great-tasting drinking water. Point-of-use or point-of-entry water treatment systems exist for precisely this purpose.
UV-LED: A smart, simple solution
When it comes time to make an investment, survey respondents identified a number of key decision factors: these include things like brand reputation, quality of customer service, level of product knowledge, and ease of installation and maintenance. Ultimately, however, what mattered most was and is protection and peace of mind.
There are a number of options on the market for purifying drinking water, and of these UV-LED disinfection leads the pack. Building on the successes of UV water purification, UV-LED systems satisfy homeowners’ requirements by offering a longer lifespan, lower maintenance requirements and lower power requirements.
Wondering if a UV-LED water purification system is right for you? Get in touch—we’d love to hear from you.