The Five W’s of Water Purification
More than 50% of the world’s hospital beds are occupied by people battling waterborne illness and disease.
Water purification is a simple and effective way to prevent a hospital visit and protect yourself and your loved ones from the health risks of consuming contaminated water.
Before investing in a water purification system for your home, RV, or other off-grid application, it’s important to understand what water purification is, how it works, and why it matters to you.
What is purified water?
Purified water is free of chemicals and other contaminants. Purification involves running water through a specially designed system before it touches your glass. Today’s consumers can choose from a variety of purification methods: reverse osmosis (RO), carbon filtration, and UV-LED disinfection are just a few examples. However, each of these water purification technologies have specific benefits and drawbacks you’ll want to familiarize yourself with.
Why should you purify water?
Contrary to popular belief, the way that water looks, smells, and even tastes is an unreliable indicator of quality or drinkability. Because microbial pathogens such as bacteria, viruses, and protozoa are invisible to the naked eye, they will often go undetected without the help of a water purification system.
Left untreated, these microbes will begin to rapidly reproduce and, if consumed, overwhelm your immune system’s ability to fight back. This then opens the door to waterborne illness and disease.
Who should purify water?
In short: everyone. Because we are in the midst of a global freshwater crisis, third world countries and developed nations alike alike need to be aware of the threats posed by potential contaminants. Increasingly, urban centres including New York, Vancouver, and Paris are using ultraviolet (UV) water purification, offering residents peace of mind their residential drinking water is safe to consume. That said, the greatest assurance comes when water is purified at the point of use—in this case, immediately before drinking.
Where should you purify water?
Whether you’re on the road, at home, or at work, if you’re drinking water, you should always consider where your water is coming from and take measures to keep that water as safe and clean as possible.
When should you purify water?
Water purification is highly recommended whenever you are concerned with or questioning water quality. Typically, most developed nations have governing bodies who regulate, test, and monitor municipal water sources; however, there are still cases when potability may compromised:
Water in the wild. Lakes, streams, and rivers are at risk of contamination from polluted agricultural or other runoffs. These natural sources may also be prime breeding grounds for bacteria and viruses.
Campground and RV hookups. When traveling, you’re often forced to rely on water sources of unknown origin or quality. Water purification offers added protection when filling your holding tank.
Boil-water advisories. These public health advisories issued by government or local health authorities signal a potential or confirmed contamination issue. If a boil-water advisory is issued in your area, make sure to follow the recommendations.
Foreign countries. Living like a local need not involve sipping unfiltered water, particularly in countries with known water safety issues. Often, water in foreign countries is not suitable for visitors
After natural disaster strikes. Floods, hurricanes, earthquakes, tornadoes… all of these have the potential to compromise your home’s tap water. Even a power outage can slow water pressure to the point pathogens and other microorganisms start to take shelter.
At Acuva, our hope and future vision is a world where everyone has access to safe drinking water. Advancements in technology, accessibility, affordability, and awareness help move us closer to realizing this goal.